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Cell Phone Mandatory/Voluntary Take-Back Programs

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Recycle unwanted cell phones and accessories by dropping them off at retail locations sponsoring a take-back program. Under State (not City) law, the New York State Wireless Recycling Act requires all wireless providers who sell cell phones within the state to accept cell phones for recycling. Many wireless providers have in-store collection programs and mail-back programs, where a cell phone can be sent back to the wireless provider for recycling at no cost. In addition, some cell phone manufacturers and general retailers have voluntarily set up take-back programs for cell phones. Please check, prior to taking cell phones to a location.

If a provider refuses to recycle your cell phone, contact the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation leaving NYCWasteLess online or call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

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ALSO SEE:
cell phone donation options
electronics recycling
cell phone takeback requirements for retailers


Provider Take-Back Programs

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Manufacturer Take-Back Programs

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Retailer Take-Back Programs

Local retailers participating in cell phone recycling programs include:

  • Best Buy leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiede-stewards certified
    Accepts cell phones, rechargeable batteries, and other electronics
  • Call2Recycle leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
    Organization that allows many retailers in NYC to accept rechargeable batteries and cell phones for recycling
  • Green in BKLYN leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
    Accepts cell phones, #5 plastics, and alkaline batteries
  • Staples leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiede-stewards certified
    Cell phones, PDAs, pagers, used computers, monitors, laptops, printers, faxes, all-in-ones, ink and toner cartridges, and rechargeable batteries
  • Lowes leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiedcollects cell phones in their stores for recycling  

Cell phones can be sold or traded in at various online materials exchanges; visit the NYC WasteLess products and service page for info.

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