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Examiner | Douglas Canter

April 18, 2012
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Hilary Lewis, an Earthworks staffer, sits behind a folding table under an open tent in Farragut Square Park. She wraps a yellow blanket around her shoulders, and she waits with two Golden Triangle employees for the next person to venture into the park on this rainy day to trade their used cell phone for potted daffodils.

It's April 18, 2012, the second of a two-day flowers-for-phones recycling drive by Earthworks, a DC-based national environmental advocacy group, and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, a non-profit private downtown DC business development corporation. "We got 110 cell phones yesterday," Hilary says, "and we usually get more on the second day."   

Earthworks and Golden Triangle also traded flowers-for-phones at nearby Duke Ellington Park where tomorrow Golden Triangle will plant those daffodils not used in the two-day recycling drive. 

The two organizations have conducted similar flowers-for-phones events during the past three years. According to Hilary, Earthworks disposes of the old phones through professional electronics recycling companies that follow "certified no landfill policies."

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