The company that runs malls in Towson, Columbia, Owings Mills and White Marsh is removing cellphone-recycling kiosks from its Maryland locations after politicians voiced concerns that the machines contribute to cellphone thefts.

General Growth Properties is taking ecoATMs out of all its properties in the state, a spokesman for the Chicago-based company said Tuesday. The kiosks, which have been called “reverse vending machines,” allow users to receive cash for used phones and other small electronic devices.

Local politicians have blamed the machines for contributing to cellphone thefts, an allegation that representatives of the ecoATM company say is unfounded. Baltimore’s City Council banned the machines in September.

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