Donating Cell Phones

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  • Cell Phone Donations

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    We have a couple of old cell phones that we are no longer using, they're still in great shape and can be used. Our preference is to donate a place where it'll be used by someone in need, rather than selling them - can anyone recommend a place that might have such a need that is currently taking donations? A women's shelter perhaps? Thanks!

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Archived Q&A and Reviews

Where to donate cell phones and ink cartridges

Aug 2005

I need a recommendation for a decent recycling program for used ink cartridges and cell phones. We currently use the eScrip program at our school but they don't take very many types of cartridges or phones. I would like one that pays you when you mail the items as this is intended to be a fund raising opportunity. Karen

I work at a non-profit organization and this is how we recycle our cartridges and cell phones. We send them to the American Breast Cancer Association, it is very easy and a great cause:

Recycle to Fight Breast Cancer and Protect the Environment!

It's just like recycling aluminum cans or bottles. Every year, hundreds of millions of cell phones, toner and inkjet cartridges are thrown into our nation\x92s landfills. In addition to putting toxic chemicals into our earth, these phones and cartridges take up valuable space and waste priceless resources. It is the goal of this recycling program to prevent these items from entering our landfills. We collect these items, recycle them and all the profits from our recycling efforts go to support the fight against breast cancer.

Our Mission

To help support the fight against breast cancer by keeping toxic items out of our landfills by providing a no-cost recycling program, so anyone, anywhere from any economic status can participate.

Here is their link:

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There is money in cell phone recycling these days, charities compete for your donations! You can drop phones off at most cellular phone stores, or give them to a specific charity. Cartridge World stores take cartridges (Note that the biggest challenge with cartridge recycling is the hostility of printer vendors to the practice).

Online guides to recycling include and (both list options for cellular phones and cartridges). A Parent

Donating used call phones

May 2001

Does anyone know where we can donate used (but still workable) cell phones. I know there are places (e.g., shelters for women) that have interest in these, I just cannot find anywhere. Suggestions for this donation? Stephen

I recently received an email from a friend regarding donating old cell phones for battered woman. Here is the link and info I received
WHAT IS THE DONATE A PHONE PROGRAM? Donate a Phone is a national wireless phone collection drive designed to provide domestic violence victims and organizations with one of the most powerful tools in the fight against domestic violence a wireless phone. The program is a partnership between the Wireless Foundation, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Motorola who have worked together since 1996 to provide free phones to victims of domestic violence through the CALL to PROTECT program. Free emergency airtime is donated by CTIA member wireless service providers.

June 2001

I saw this in a Dear Abby column...RadioShack is accepting used cell phones (they don't need to be working) for the Donate-A-Phone program that helps domestic violence victims. The phones are reprogrammed with 911 and other emergency numbers so that these services are at the touch of a button. They will be accepting phones until July 31, 2001. All donations are tax-deductible. For further info see: Sharon