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How many old cell phones do you have sitting at home right now? One, three, maybe even five? The average American has more than two cell phones sitting in a kitchen drawer – usually because they just don’t know what else to do with them. Cell phone recycling is easy – all you have to do is ask friends, family and co-workers to recycle their old phones when they upgrade.

About Bridge Of Life

Bridge of Life (BOL), an independent 501(c)(3) public charity founded by DaVita Inc., is an international nonprofit organization working to strengthen healthcare globally through sustainable programs that prevent and treat chronic disease. Our vision is a world where all human beings have access to quality healthcare. We strive to empower local staff, community health workers and patients through training and education to make sustainable changes to healthcare.

How many used cell phones are there in the United States?

In the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 500 million used cell phones that have been retired, meaning they are sitting unused in someone’s house or in the trash. Every year, 100 million more used cell phones are retired.

What happens to collected phones?

Collected phones that can’t directly be re-used are recycled for the precious metals in the US according to EPA standards. Phones that are destined for re-use are sold around the world to be refurbished and sold back into global markets. During the refurbishment process the memory is flashed to erase all personal data. However, we always recommend that you clear out any sensitive data and remove your SIM card before you recycle your phone.

Can any cell phone be recycled?

Yes. Any cell phone can be recycled through this program. If you receive accessories, Cellular Recycler will recycle and dispose of them in the appropriate manner.

Are cell phones dangerous when thrown in the garbage?

Yes. Trace amounts of harmful materials like cadmium and lead can leach into ground water and cause cancer and a range of reproductive and developmental disorders. These problems can occur even when the materials are released in small quantities, such as leaching into our soil and drinking water from phones buried in landfills.

Why partner with Cellular Recycler?

Cellular Recycler’s mission is to create a nationwide cellular recycling program to keep valuable cellular equipment out of landfills. Our warehouse is one of the only facilities in the world dedicated to cell phone recycling that is ISO 9001:2000 and IAER certified. For more information on our programs, e-mail

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