Cell Phone Recycling

Cell phones typically last up to five years, but most are upgraded more frequently as new technology is released. This cycle puts millions of cell phones out of commission every year. When compared to other electronics, cell phones have the highest recycling market; but still, only about 10 percent of phones are recycled. Most end up in landfills or in a dusty desk drawer. 

Cell phones contain a variety of precious metals, copper, and plastics that can be reused. Recycling conserves these materials and reduces greenhouse gas emissions that occur during the manufacturing and processing of virgin materials. 

Recycling your old cell phones not only helps the environment but finally frees up that drawer in your office for better use. 

How Does Cell Phone Recycling Work?

Cell phone recycling disposes of your old cell phones safely and legally. Our recycling partners will pick up your old, unwanted phones and deliver them to a local recycling facility to be processed. At the facility, your phones will be disassembled. Working parts can be refurbished and rebuilt into new phones, while other parts will be broken down to extract reusable materials. 

We can recycle virtually any kind of cell phone from old flip phones to the newest smartphone. We have options for individuals with one phone or businesses with many. Please contact us today for more information and free price quotes on cell phone recycling services near you. 

The Cell Phone Recycling Process

Cell phones contain a significant amount of personal information and files. To prepare for recycling, make sure to transfer your data to a new phone or a different device. Locate your settings and factory reset your old phone to remove your information. We will also include data erasure to ensure that your information is unrecoverable and protected.

When you are ready, you can begin the recycling process.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Drop your cell phones off to a recycling center at your convenience or schedule a time for pick up. 
  2. Working phones will be tested for reuse and refurbished if possible. If not, they will be disassembled. All hazardous materials will be removed and disposed of in compliance with the EPA. 
  3. Smelting is used to harvest valuable metals like gold, copper, iron, silver, platinum, and more. Other materials such a glass and plastics are separated for reprocessing.  
  4. Each commodity is collected and shipped to a secondary processor or a manufacturer. 

The Benefits of Cell Phone Recycling

Electronic waste is a global problem. It is very common for cell phones and other electronics to end up in landfills where they are improperly disposed of and burned. This produces harmful emissions that cause health and environmental problems for nearby communities. 

Recycling prevents toxic emissions from polluting the air and other toxic materials from leaking into our soil and groundwater. It also converts natural resources and energy. Recycling one million cell phones could save enough energy to power 20,000 homes for a year and recover 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, and 75 pounds of gold.  

Cell phone recycling is a responsible and ethical choice that protects the environment and health of our world. 

Get Free Quotes on Cell Phone Recycling

Find local cell phone recycling providers and services when you request free quotes by calling us at (844) 648-4908 or filling out the form on the right. We will protect the environment with responsible recycling methods and protect your business with secure, reliable data erasure. Contact us to get started right away.