Cellular Phones - Reuse and Recycle

This page offers a list of resources for reusing or recycling cellular phones.

Phones that are thrown away waste valuable energy and resources and contain materials that can be hazardous to our health and environment.  Toxins such as arsenic, antimony, beryllium, coltan, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, and zinc are commonly found in cell phone components and can contaminate air, soil, and water when cell phones are landfilled or incinerated.  Flame retardant plastic casings and rechargeable batteries are also potentially hazardous components of cell phones (USEPA).

Things you can do to REDUCE the amount of cell phone waste you generate:
  • Keep your cell phone until it no longer works.
  • Charge your battery according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Protect your cell phone from damage:  store it in a case, avoid dropping it, keep it out of extreme heat and cold, and keep it away from water and other liquids.
  • Donate or recycle your old phones- Don't throw them away! 
archALIVE's Cell Phone Drive
E-mail:  alivestl@alivestl.org
Phone:  314.993.7080
Mail:  Post Office Box 11201, St. Louis, Missouri 63105
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  refurbish, distribute, and recycle cellular phones.  In addition to fundraising, the phones are reprogrammed and circulated back into our community to be used by domestic violence victims."
missouriAnimal Protective Association of Missouri
Fax:  314.645.3292     Phone:  314.645.4610
Mail:  1705 South Hanley Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63144
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  "Your old cell phone can help the APA raise funds that will go directly to the animals in our care.  Drop yours off at our shelter today, or have a Used Cell Phone Drive at your school, business or place of worship..."
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Phone:  (678) 580-1976
Address: 5665 North Commerce Court, Alpharetta, GA 30004
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered: Old cell phones are collected and sold for recycling, and the cash is used to buy calling cards for the military.  So far, $60,000 worth of calling cards have been sent to our troops.  Phones are accepted at many local businesses or, mail cell phones and attached batteries to the address above.
CTIA - The Wireless Association
National Wildlife Foundation
Phone:  866.277.1177
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  e-mail or call to provide your address, then they'll send you a postage-paid recycling bag to mail in your phone (up to three small-size cell phones fit in one bag).  They also accept accessories and batteries.  They'll receive a donation of $1.00 for each phone mailed in.
archOffice Depot
Phone:  314.351.5525 or 800.463.3768
Mail:  4928 Christy Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63116
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  refurbish, recycle, or resell cell phones.  Partnering with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), Office Depot is now collecting, free of charge, all old cell phones and used rechargeable batteries for recycling. You can drop off phones at all Office Depot locations.
Recycle & Reward
Web:  https://www.veteransadvantage.com/va/militarybenefits/community/recycle
E-mail:  CFKprogram@wm.com
Phone:  1.800.420.0235
Mail:  Veterans Advantage c/o Cartridges for Kids,451 W 69thStreet, Loveland , CO 80538
Recycle For Breast Cancer
Phone:  800.315.9580
Mail:  31 Beta Court, Suite C, San Ramon, California 94583
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  They'll provide a prepaid shipping label for cell phones and pagers.
Recycle For Schools
Phone:  818.772.4664
Mail:  9815 Independence Avenue, Chatsworth, California 91311
  • Materials Accepted / Services Offered:  "We pay you cash for all the cell phones you collect.  Whether you keep the cash for yourself or donate it to your favorite school, charity, or organization, it's your choice!  Send them to us through prepaid collection bags and boxes."
Recycle For US
Phone: 800.765.7626
Mail:  4551 Northwest 44th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34482
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  "We pay you for your old cell phone, or phones, which in turn are refurbished and resold or broken down and recycled in an environmentally friendly manner."
archSaint Louis Zoo
Mail:  Attn Cellphone Recycling, One Government Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63110
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  Cell phones can be donated at the Welcome Desk at the North and South Entrances during Zoo hours, or mailed to the address above.
Phone:  866.364.5680
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  current Sprint customers can receive credit on their account balances based on return of eligible devices (e.g., cell phones, aircards, modems, related accessories) and batteries.  Equipment will be refurbished for reuse  or recycled, with those proceeds to benefit Sprint Project Connect, which promotes Internet safety for children.
Verizon Wireless HopeLine
Phone:  800.426.2790
Mail:  c/o ReCellular Inc., 2555 Bishop Circle West, Dexter, Michigan 48130
  • Materials Collected / Services Offered:  refurbish, sell, and recycle cellular phones and equipment, rechargeable batteries, and NiCd batteries.  The funds raised from these efforts are used to purchase wireless phones which are distributed, along with donated airtime and with the assistance of human services and law enforcement agencies, to victims of domestic violence.  A tax receipt form is available at Verizon Wireless Stores or at their website.  Mail phones to the address above or visit any area Verizon Wireless store.

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