New England-area colleges, universities, hospitals and other institutions wanting to dispose of electronic devices can do so through a new program announced today by the Institution Recycling Network and ReCellular.

Under the program, IRN will collect items such as old cell phones, walkie-talkies, two-way pagers and PDAs—-items with rechargeable batteries that can be hazardous if not properly handled—-from students and staff at such institutions. These items will be given to ReCellular, which reconditions such devices and resells them.

“We will pay the institution for devices that we can refurbish and resell,” said ReCellular President Charles Newman. “This is truly a win-win-win program: good for the institution, good for the IRN and ReCellular, and most importantly, good for the environment.”