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ecoATM offers environmentally friendly way to dispose of electronics for $

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MASSENA — It’s safe to say most people have at least one or two old cellphones lying around their homes.

Now thanks to ecoATM, patrons of St. Lawrence Centre can turn those old phones into cash.

In addition to accepting cellphones, St. Lawrence Centre Marketing Director Ronald J. Patnode said, the machine will accept MP3 players and even some tablets.

“It’s a great way to dispose of these devices. It’s environmentally friendly, and you get cash,” Mr. Patnode said. “We all have old electronics laying around, especially cellphones.”

The machine will provide users with up to $250 for their unwanted device. Although cash is not paid for all models, all models ultimately are accepted for disposal, free of charge.

While this may sound like a thief’s dream come true, Mr. Patnode said, that’s not the case, noting users are required to provide a driver’s license and thumbprint before any transaction is processed.

Mr. Patnode said he’s excited to see the public’s reception to the machine, which is the first one in Northern New York.

According to the company’s website, the closest ecoATM is in Burlington, Vt.

The machine is adjacent to the food court at the mall.

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