What Are Some Options for Disposing of Old Cell Phones?

What Are Some Options for Disposing of Old Cell Phones?

Old cell phones can be recycled, donated, traded in, resold or disposed of with a local sanitation agency. Cell phone manufacturers, wireless service providers and other groups have programs for consumers' old cell phones.

Wireless service providers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless, for example, offer recycling programs that give the consumer a reward for the return, usually a credit for the purchase of a new device. Many stores like Best Buy and Staples offer in-store recycling options, while manufacturers like LG, Samsung and Sprint offer mail-in recycling options. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a free searchable database of disposal options on their website. Before disposing of a cell phone, remove all personal information.