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Recycling Cell Phones and a Tablet?

Should I break my phones and tablet before I put them into the recycling or hand them over to Best Buy?

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January 18, 20190 found this helpful

I just took a bunch and just googled each one and did three factory resets per phone. Just repeated process 3 times. I have taken many lots of phone's (mine allows 3 a day) to BB and knock on wood, no issues.

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January 18, 20190 found this helpful

I take the obvious parts apart (battery, sim). Then I break it into pieces where it cannot be fixed again and hand it over to local recycling that the high schools host (free to recycle).

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I recently recycled a tv and some printers as well.

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January 19, 20190 found this helpful

It is not necessary to do that.

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January 20, 20190 found this helpful

no, definitely do NOT break your phones/devices. Doing so can be extremely toxic as there are many toxic and dangerous chemicals and processes both in batteries and the screens of phones.

This is one reason why recycling programs exist, so as to hopefully keep these dangerous items out of landfills

another option is selling them for cheap on ebay

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January 22, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

Staples stores will recycle cell phones, except for smaller stores in New York City and Washington D.C.

---Robyn

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March 10, 20190 found this helpful

Can't you just erase of delete everything? Maybe call Best Buy and ask?

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