RECYCLING CELL PHONES and ACCESSORIES
- Rogers Wireless and its subsidiary Fido are sponsors of the Phones for Food program. If you take back your cell phone to one of their shops, they will recycle or refurbish it and support a local food bank. And all new Rogers and Fido wireless devices now come with a postage-paid recycling envelope.
- Bell Mobility will recycle any brand cell phone, battery and all accessories. Bell will donate $1 to WWF-Canada for each unit collected. You can bring them to any of their authorized retailers. You can also ship your phone by Canada Post, free of charge, or bring the devices to a participating Caisse Desjardins. Bell Canada also has an environmental policy, which aims to cut energy consumption and reduce green house gases.
- Telus will recycle any brand cell phone, battery and all accessories. In partnership with Tree Canada a tree will be planted for each subscriber that brings in a mobile phone, battery or accessory for recycling. Telus also has an environmental policy.
- As part of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) program, all rechargeable batteries are recycled and processed at facilities designed to recycle metals. Cell phones are either refurbished or recycled. ReCellular, Inc., a refurbisher of wireless equipment, has been working with the RBRC to process and resell the recycled phones. For more information, visit http://www.cellarecycler.org or call 877-2-RECYCLE.
- Apple stores: recycle iPhones.
- Best Buy Canada has launched a new trade-in program that will see customers who bring in an old mobile phone for safe recycling receive a gift card toward future purchases at the store.
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Best Buy also takes other electronic equipment for recycling.
- McGill Waste Management takes batteries for recycling.