We’ve all heard the news of the new iPhone 4s yesterday morning. No, early adopters, there will not be an iPhone 5 just yet. However, EAs, we know you will be in line for the new 4s. That said, you might be in need of an e-cycling center or a place to donate your old smartphones.
One of the more useful ways to recycle your phone is to contact your local, favorite non-profit and ask if they take donated cellphones. Unfortunately, domestic violence is still happening, and women’s shelters can always use the donated phones for their clients or collect the proceeds from sold phones. [Note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on any of those links for more info.]
Another way is to drop your old cellphone (wiped, of course!) at your local service provider’s retail store. All the major phone service providers also offer ways to recycle your phone:
- Sprint Project Connect – you can either bring your phone and accessories to a Sprint store directly or print out a pre-paid envelope
- AT&T Cellphones for Soldiers – the longstanding program provides prepaid phonecards to active military by using funds via recycled phones
- T-Mobile – I couldn’t find a ‘donation’ page on their website, but I’m sure they also take donated phones from their customers
- Verizon HopeLine – a longstanding program to help domestic violence survivors by providing cellphones
LA County has a website that can help you find the closest recycling location that accepts electronics. There are two directories for you to search from. One is the mega list of all collectors and recyclers. The other is an approved list of collectors and recyclers that adhere to SB20/SB50.
If you’re looking to recycle batteries, I’ve seen bins at my local Best Buy, Whole Foods, Radio Shack and Office Depot.
While not a .org, Recycling for Charities also accepts electronics for reuse.
If you haven’t recycled that old CRT from 1995, what are you waiting for?