If you just upgraded to an IPhone 3G, the Walnut Creek Police Department can take your old phone and ship it off to a phone bank. There it will be refurbished and made ready for use by people in the community who cannot afford cell phones but could use one in case they need to make an emergency call.
The department plans to give these refurbished phones out free to people such as domestic violence victims and vulnerable seniors.The department recently joined the 911 Cell Phone Bank Program, and is now a designated "drop-off" point in Contra Costa County for all retired cell phones.
Anyone with an unused cell phone is encouraged to donate and recycle those phones at the Walnut Creek Police Department, 1666 N. Main St. in Walnut Creek. For more information about the cell phone bank, go to 911cellphonebank.org.