February 14, 2008

End edumping: Recycling your cellphone

logo Plug-In To eCycling with US EPA is a partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers that offers you more opportunities to donate or recycle - to "eCycle" - your used electronics.

Plug-In To eCycling:

  • Makes it easier for you to donate or safely recycle old electronics, including TVs, computers, and cell phones; and
  • Works with communities, electronics manufacturers, and retailers to promote shared responsibility for safe electronics recycling.


  • Conserves natural resources. Recycling recovers valuable materials from old electronics that can be used to make new products. As a result, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, save energy, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.
  • Protects your surroundings. Safe recycling of outdated electronics promotes sound management of toxic chemicals such as lead and mercury.
  • Helps others. Donating your used electronics benefits your community by passing on ready-to-use or refurbished equipment to those who need it.

eCycle your used electronics with our Plug-In Partners:

Partners take different approaches to give you several options to eCycle. Partners' approaches may be national or regional in scope and may:

  • Offer takeback, mail-in, or trade-in programs;
  • Support local organizations that collect equipment;
  • Host collection events at retail locations; or
  • Support local recycling events with cities and municipalities.

Plug-In To eCycling is one component of EPA's Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), a national effort to conserve natural resources and energy by managing materials more efficiently.

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