AT&T makes your old phones good for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools

Supporting local schools just got a whole lot easier with a new program launched by AT&T in Charlotte.

Through September 11, customers who recycle or trade in an eligible device will generate an AT&T-funded $5 donation to, a charity that supports projects initiated by teachers for classrooms in need, up to a total donation of $25,000.

For those trade-in phones that still have value, in addition to the donation, customers will receive an AT&T promotional card that can be used towards the purchase of AT&T products or services as part of AT&T's Trade-In Program.

"We take great pride in our commitment to sustainable business practices, and working with gives us another avenue to deliver on that mission," said Todd Lanham, Regional Director of External Affairs. "We invite all Charlotteans to clean out their drawers and bring in their old cell phones, helping to reduce e-waste and supporting local education projects at the same time."

"The opportunity to support local teachers has inspired donors, corporations and foundations to contribute $240 million to public schools across the country," said Jason Yun, Partnership Manager at DonorsChoose. "Our collaboration with AT&T in Charlotte will give AT&T customers another easy way to support teachers' projects and local students."

In 2013, AT&T collected approximately 4.5 million cell phones for reuse and recycling, in addition to recycling 487,000 pounds of cell phone batteries and accessories. The company also provides an eco-rating for many of the phones sold by AT&T so customers can make informed choices about their products.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 89 percent of mobile devices are not recycled at end-of-life. This new trade-in program aims to reduce that number while also supporting local teachers and students.

Since its inception, raised more than $240 million and helped nearly 11.5 million students with more than 460,000 projects funded.

See store representative for details.

Before trade-in or recycle, make sure to delete all personal & sensitive information from device's memory & SIM card. Certain conditions & restrictions apply. Participating locations only. Trade-ins: For qualifying wireless devices only & value will be determined by device, make, model & condition. In AT&T-owned retail stores & at will receive a Private Label AT&T Promotion Card ("Card") issued by MetaBank™ or CenterState Bank of Florida NA, via a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. Card may only be used toward purchases of AT&T products & services in AT&T-owned retail stores, at, or to pay wireless bill. Card is not redeemable for cash & may not be used for withdrawal at cash-dispensing locations. Expiration date will be printed on front of card and will not be less than 90 days from receipt. Donation: AT&T will donate $5 to DonorsChoose for each trade-in or recycled phone between 6/27/14 and 9/11/14, up to a maximum of $25,000. Visit to learn more about the way the donated funds will be used to help classrooms in need. Depending on your area, see or for more details.

About DonorsChoose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Since 2000, has helped 1.4 million donors channel $244 million into classrooms in need, benefiting 11.5 million students. For more information on, please visit