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Electronics Recycling: Cell Phones

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Cell phones have a wide range of recycling and reuse outlets within the City because of their high reclamation value.

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Cell Phone Donation and Reuse 

The Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence leaving NYCWasteLess supports the Verizon Wireless Hopeline Program®, which refurbishes and recycles donated cell phones to benefit local survivors of domestic violence.

If the phone is still working and valuable, you may be able to sell it or trade it in for points or coupons through an online materials exchange. See a list of trade-in programs and donation outlets where you can buy or sell used cell phones.

For more reuse information about cell phones visit reuse tips for electronics.

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Cell Phone Recycling 


Current New York State law requires that all cell phone service providers in the State accept cell phones for reuse or recycling from any person at no cost (limit 10 per person per day). Residents may return cell phones at no cost to any wireless telephone service provider that sells them.  Visit take it back nyc to find information on wireless provider recycling programs.


Aside from cell phone service providers, a number of cell phone manufacturers and retailers offer recycling programs. For a list of voluntary programs offered by manufacturers and retailers, visit take it back nyc.

If you want to contribute toward a good cause, consider recycling your cell phone for charity. These programs use the profits earned through cell phone recycling for charitable missions.


City agencies can utilize the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation's rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program. More info on RBRC's program can be found at rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling: info for agencies.

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