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Beat the Crunch - Recycle for charity

As the credit crunch really starts to bite Christian Aid in the UK is highlighting ways people can continue to donate to charity without putting their hand in their pocket.

Recycling old mobile phones and ink cartridges is not only green but can raise vital funds for Christian Aid’s work with some of the world’s poorest communities.  Both items can now be recycled using just one envelope, cutting down on packaging and benefiting the environment.

£4 for every mobile phone recycled and £1 for every ink cartridge will be donated to the charity.  With an estimated 90 million phones hidden in drawers and cupboards across the UK that’s a lot of cash that could be helping some of the poorest communities tackle the effects of climate change, fight HIV and gain access to clean water.

Christian Aid has also launched its own directory enquiries number 118 708.  Not only is it cheaper than other much advertised services, but 9p from every call will be donated to the charity.

Liora Wulf, lifestyle marketing at Christian Aid said:  ‘Recycling not only raises funds for our work in 50 of the world’s poorest countries but is good for the environment too.  It’s a great way to continue to donate to charity if the credit crunch has reduced your household budget.  Using our directory enquiry service will not only save you money but will raise money for people in the developing world.’

Freepost recycling envelopes can be ordered at www.recyclingappeal.com/christianaid or by calling 08451 302010.  Free collections can be arranged for bulk recycling for offices and schools etc.

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For press information call Karen Hedges on +44 (0) 20 7523 2404 email khedges@christian-aid.org.

Notes to editor  

Calls to 118 708 cost 14p per minute or part thereof, with a 59p connection charge from BT landlines.  Mobiles and other network prices may vary.