Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling

Old cell phonesRecycling your rechargeable batteries and cell phones is easier than you may think!

Many manufacturers and retail stores have taken steps to provide an easy, convenient opportunity for you to get your rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of the waste stream and into the recycling stream, with no cost to you.

Why Should I Recycle?

According to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), consumers use an average of six wireless products in their daily lives and cell phones are replaced every 18 to 24 months.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are currently 100 million cell phones ready for end of life management. This adds up to a considerable waste stream issue. The benefits of getting into the recycling stream include:

  • Conserves natural resources. Valuable materials recovered from old electronics such as copper, aluminum, and even gold, can be used to manufacture new products. In doing so, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, save energy and water, and save natural resources by extracting less from the earth.
  • Protects your communities. Proper management through recycling eliminates materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium from entering your waterways or contaminating land resources and protects your health.

Rechargeable Battery / Cell Phone Programs and Drop-off Locations

Plug-in To eCycling
EPA has launched a comprehensive recycling program called Plug-in to eCycling partnering with leading cell phone manufacturers, service providers, and retailers to encourage Americans to recycle their cell phones and accessories.

Where to Recycle Your Cell Phone
There are many places and ways to recycle your unwanted cell phone. Click on the following links to learn more about EPA's cell phone recycling program or find a recycling location near you.

Where to Recycle Your Rechargeable BatteriesFacts about Cell Phones
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has established a program with the cooperation of numerous local retailers to serve as collection sites for rechargeable batteries and cell phones. RBRC is a non-profit, public service organization created to promote the recycling of portable rechargeable batteries and cellular phones.

RBRC recycles all types of rechargeable batteries commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, small audio players, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys.

How to find a RBRC collection site
RBRC maintains an easy to use website entitled Call2Recycle. To find a collection near you, simply type in your town name and state or type in your zip code and a mile radius within which to search for collection sites.

Retailers - How To Participate
Any business is eligible to participate as a RBRC collection site. To learn more about this program or to become a collection site visit the Call2Recycle website.

Why would a retailer want to serve as a collection site?

  • It could mean more sales. Consumers dropping off used batteries and cell phones can shop for replacements or other items your store may carry
  • It exhibits a pro-environment image by showing you are informed and environmentally aware
  • Free exposure through listing on the RBRC website and 800 number informing consumers of drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries and cell phones
  • Help to conserve natural resources through reclamation and recycling of rechargeable battery and cell phone components

DNR Contact
Theresa Stiner