How to recycle your used cell phone

Did you know that throwing electronic devices in the garbage can cause major environmental damage? Electronic products that end up in the trash ultimately wind up in a landfill and can contaminate the soil with some of their component materials.

This is why it’s important to dispose of your old phones safely by taking them to the right places for recycling.

In this article, find some examples of where you can recycle your used cell phone!

Turn your used cell phone over to a recycling program

You can ensure that your old smartphone is recycled in a safe and environmentally friendly manner by taking it to a collection point for proper disposal.

Find a collection point with “Recycle My Cell”.

“Recycle My Cell” is an online platform that allows you to find all used phone collection locations in your city or region across Canada. You can find the location closest to you and take your device there.

If you can’t make it to one of these points, you can mail your cell phone. The site even provides you with a pre-paid shipping label so you don’t have to pay extra!

Turn your phone over to “Call 2 Recycle®”

“Call 2 Recycle” is the largest battery recycling program in Canada. Since the early 1990s, it has recovered literally tons of batteries to help save the planet.

The program also recovers cell phones. Just find a drop-off location in your area and you’re done!

Recycle your phone with ARPE-Québec

The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is an organization recognized by RECYC-QUÉBEC for the management of its electronics recovery and recycling program. You can give them your used cell phones, as well as any other electronic device you want to get rid of, such as used tablets. Visit the EPRA website to find a drop-off point.

Donate your cell phone to an NPO

Another way to give your used cell phone a new lease on life is to donate it to a non-profit organization (NPO). In fact, some organizations increasingly use the recycling of mobile devices to raise funds for important causes.

If you know of a charitable organization that supports a cause that is important to you, contact them to find out if they accept cell phone donations!

Your used cell phone could help a blind person

Another organization you can donate your old cell phone to is the CNIB Foundation (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). Their “Give the Device Back” program provides smartphones with tools and applications that facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or living with vision loss. Donating your phone to this organization could help change the life of a person who is blind.

Find your next cell phone with Recycell!

There are many ways to dispose of your old mobile device in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Participating in one of the programs mentioned in this article will contribute to a circular economy and help save the planet!

At Recycell, we also believe in the importance of encouraging the circular economy. That’s why we collect used cell phones from large companies and offer them to you at a fraction of the price. Check out our selection of mobile devices by visiting our online store!