All cell phones are at least partially recyclable due to the metals used for the electronic components. One of the essential electronic components in cell phones is copper, and it is particularly worth removing.
In addition to copper, cell phones often also contain gold, silver and rare earth metals that are potentially dangerous if left in landfills. A number of government programs encourage cell phone recycling, and some areas even have laws against disposing cell phones without first removing recyclable parts. While the labor involved in recycling phones might make the process inefficient, various government programs sometimes subsidize the operation, which has lead to commercial phone recycling companies.