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Cell Phones

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Cell Phones

Cell phones and most other electronic products are managed through the province-wide Encorp Return-It product stewardship program. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) also coordinates a nationwide mobile phone recycling and refurbishment program Recycle My Cell. You’ve already paid for this service with an environmental handling fee (EHF) at purchase. A full list of what is accepted and free depot locations is available on their websites.

Most cell phone retailers will also accept your old phone and charger back for recycling. If you don't want to take it into a store, a prepaid shipping label is available through recyclemycell.ca.

For cell phone batteries, see Batteries (household including rechargeable).

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Do you really need the latest and greatest? When selecting a new phone, choose a robust model that will withstand a few years of use. Choose a green model. Charge your phone only when the battery is low and turn it off when not in use.

Give your old phone to a friend or family member. Donate to a charity, community group or school or offer it for free online through social media or an online classifieds service. Keep it as a back up in case of emergency.

Not all facilities listed below are part of one of the provincial programs and may charge a fee for drop off. Contact facilities directly regarding restrictions and charges.

Facilities

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue
    Saanich
    250.727.7480

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.7480

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • Diabetes Canada

    754H Fairview Road
    Victoria
    250.380.3024

  • Galiano Recycling Depot

    220 Sturdies Bay Road
    Galiano Island
    250.539.5769

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • Harris Gilmore Recycling

    1155 Lockley
    Victoria
    250.217.7212

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • Oak Bay Green Committee / Carnarvon Park Recycling Depot

    Carnarvon Park
    Victoria

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Sidney Home Hardware

    2635 Beacon Avenue
    Sidney
    250-656-2712

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • Sooke Home Hardware

    6626 Sooke Road
    Sooke
    250.642.6366

  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Plastic Re-Cycle

    1625 Bank Street
    Victoria
    250.595.2685

  • The Environmental Story

    Keeping your cell phone out of the landfill helps your local ecosystem and the environment. Recycling your wireless device also decreases the need for raw materials that would otherwise be needed for manufacturing new products.