Recycle your old cell phones

Millions of cell phones are trashed each year in the U.S. But unwanted phones have value-keep them out of the trash!

Learn about the growing number of national programs for collecting unwanted cell phones and putting them to use-donation and reuse, resale, and recycling. Most programs are free to the consumer and make it easy, including free drop-off sites and postage-paid mailers. Find out more.

  • Wireless... the new recyclable |
    Promoting efforts to keep cell phones out of the trash - by donation and reuse, as well as recycling - this web site features programs that accept unwanted wireless devices.
  • Recycle Your Cell Phone: It's an easy call. U.S. EPA has teamed up with manufacturers and retailers to
    promote recycling your old cell phone, PDA, cell phone batteries, chargers, and accessories.
  • The Donate A Phone Call to Protect® campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. In the hands of a victims, these phones are a lifeline enabling them to call for assistance when faced with an emergency situation. Non-working phones are sold for recycling. Visit the web site for a list of Minnesota drop-off sites, or call 1-888-901-7233.
  • Through the Call2Recycle program, retailers including Best Buy, Target, and Radio Shack offer drop-offs for all brands of unwanted cell phones and accessories. Go online to find participating locations, or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE. Useable phones are refurbished for donation, the rest is recycled with a portion of the proceeds given to charity.
  • Nokia offers free recycling for all brands of cell phones. Use their online form to generate a postage-paid label for mailing phones.
  • Sprint Project Connect raises money and support for people with disabilities while providing an environmentally friendly way to dispose of used wireless phones. Donations are either recycled or resold, with net proceeds benefiting Sprint's 4NetSafety program, which works to keep kids safer online.