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How to Recycle Your Phone

Community Manager
  • Contributors:

Own an extra phone that’s sitting in your junk drawer doing nothing?  Consider recycling it. It’s easier than ever and we’ll provide you with resources on how to safely dispose of it.

 

Also, as suggested by a community member in the comments section below, consider donating it to organizations that can repurpose the device for a good cause! Thanks for the idea, @xray

 

Before you part ways with your device, there are a few things to consider:

 

  1. Phone must be deactivated. Remove all personal information. Remove the SIM card if it has one.
  2. Factory reset your device (this will delete all other content on your device).
  3. Phones can't be reclaimed once handed over.
  4. Items are sent to a third-party recycling vendor, who will recycle the phones responsibly.
  5.  As a partner and proud supporter of Tree CanadaTELUS will plant a tree for every phone recycled.

 

For most of Canada, bring any mobile phone, battery, or accessory, irrespective of carrier, to your nearest participating TELUS Trade-In location for recycling.

 

There are also separate recycling programs in your Province that work in partnership with local government so that you can drop off your device(s) easily:

 

Alberta

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/

 

British Columbia

https://www.return-it.ca/locations/

 

Manitoba

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/mb/

 

New Brunswick

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/nb/

 

Newfoundland

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/drop-off-locations/?prov=NL

 

Northwest Territories

 

https://www.enr.gov.nt.ca/en/services/electronics-recycling-program

 

Nova Scotia

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/drop-off-locations/?prov=NS

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/

 

Nunavut

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/drop-off-locations/?prov=NU

 

Ontario

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/on/

 

Prince Edward Island

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/drop-off-locations/?prov=PE

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/

 

Quebec

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/drop-off-locations/

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/qc/

 

Saskatchewan

 

https://www.saskwastereduction.ca/recycle/db?location=All+Locations&materials=Cell+Phones

 

https://www.recyclemyelectronics.ca/sk/

 

Yukon

 

https://yukon.ca/en/waste-and-recycling/recycling/what-can-i-recycle-and-where

 

https://www.recyclemycell.ca/drop-off-locations/?prov=YT



Know of any other ways to safely recycle your device? Share your tips in the comment section below!

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xray
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Consider donating your phone if it's in working condition.

CNIB has a program that provides cells phones loaded with accessible apps to people with sight loss.

 

https://www.phoneitforward.ca/

 

Community Manager
Community Manager

@xray That's a FANTASTIC idea! I hadn't considered organizations that would re-purpose devices for a great cause but this is a great example Smiley Happy

Community Power User
Community Power User

Women's shelters as well. Often folks at shelters need a new number as well as a replacement phone.

xray
All-Star

Great idea. Keep in mind that women's shelters aren't staffed to repair or configure phones. If you donate a phone it has to be ready to go at the factory setup stage. Throw in a charger and cable too if possible.