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July 20, 2011

I recently found the graveyard of cellphones and am not sure what do with them. I know that you can't throw them away, but where should they go? Is there any organization that looks for old cellphones? Or is there somewhere that responsibly recycles them?

By StellaBell from Manchester, WA


July 21, 20110 found this helpful

Stella, if you Google "recycle old cell phones"you'll find quite a few options to choose from.
Hope this helps you.

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

E-Tech Recycling does an excellent job of recycling electronics in an environmentally conscious way. They are used by the numerous tech companies in our area and several municipalities as well.


They mostly deal with computers but they do accept cell phones also. You would need to ship the phones to them if you don't have a better way of getting them to Hillsboro. :-)

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

Stella, Donate them to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
http://www.cell  donatePhone.html
There are many drop off locations, usually a VFW or American Legion. The web site has a search page so you can find one in your area.
Thank you for not throwing them away!

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

Women's Shelters often need used phones for their clients.

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

If you will search on the internet for companies that buy old phones you will find many who will pay for the shipping and send you money after they receive the phones. It worked for us.

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

If you can't locate a place to donate them call your local city disposal to see if there is an electronics recycling center reasonably near you.

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July 22, 20110 found this helpful

Universities and community colleges often have electronic donation bins too. You can always call them up and ask them where their bins are and just drop them off.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

You actually may be able to sell some of them on craigslist. My DH breaks them a lot, guess construction sites are hard on phones.


We buy replacements on craigslist instead of getting him a new one.

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August 31, 20110 found this helpful

Why can't we use old cell phones again, even though they are a bit out of date? Is there no way to re-use them ourselves?

By Judith B. from Houston, TX

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