Never Throw in the Trash
Cell phones contain toxic metals that can harm the environment, as well as precious metals, silicone, glass and plastic that can be reused. Phones are a major source of e-waste, so don’t throw them in the trash.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program
Staples' Take Back Program
Gazelle Trade-In Program
Gazelle purchases used Apple computers, iPods, cell phones and tablets, then refurbishes or recycles them for future use. Get a quote for your item, ship it free of charge and receive payment as soon as they’ve inspected it. Find out more.
HP Hardware Recycling
HP accepts cell phone and electronics hardware from various manufacturers for free mail-in recycling. Request a mail-back label here.
Apple Store Gift Card
Apple runs a reuse and recycling program for unwanted iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC computers and displays. Depending on the condition of your electronics, Apple can give you credit if they have monetary value. Find out more.
LG Recycling Program
Ship your LG phone to be recycled with a free, prepaid shipping label. Find out more.
Samsung Mobile Take-Back Program
Send any model of Samsung mobile device, along with any accessories, to be recycled at no cost. Simply print out a pre-paid shipping label. Find out more.
Microsoft Trade-In and Recycling Program
Visit any Microsoft store location to trade in old devices, game consoles or games for Microsoft store credit. If your items no longer carry substantial value, they will be wiped of data and safely recycled. If you aren’t near a store location, you can request a prepaid postage label to mail in your items.
Donate for Global Public Health
Hope Phones takes any phone, working or not, and provides free shipping. The funds they receive from recycling or selling phones go towards purchasing technology for global public health workers with the non-profit Medic Mobile. Find out more.
Donate for Domestic Violence Survivors
Ship any working phone or phone accessory free of charge to Verizon’s HopeLine program, which gives them to survivors of domestic violence. Recipients of refurbished phones also get free calls and texting. Find out more.