The Riverside Police Department has partnered with Shelter Alliance, a program begun by GRC Wireless Recycling of Miramar, Fla., to encourage cellphone recycling by linking it with a fundraiser for a Summit domestic violence shelter.

GRC Wireless Recycling is a firm that specializes in the logistics and underwriting of fundraising programs through the collection and responsible recycling of used cellular phones. Shelter Alliance, the company’s flagship program, currently works with over 1,300 social service organizations in 49 states and has contributed over $2.5 million to participating organizations in 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, according to the company’s Web site.

A cellphone collection drop box has been set up at the Riverside Police Department, 31 Riverside Road, for used, unwanted cellphones and batteries to the police department at any time.

Funds raised through the phone collection effort will be given to the Constance Morris House, a domestic violence shelter in nearby Summit.

In addition, Riverside police are soliciting local businesses to initiate collection campaigns with its employees, customers and vendors. Anyone seeking more information about the cellphone collection campaign can contact Sgt. Claude Cima at 447-2127, ext. 284.