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Cell Phones
Over 70% of Canadians either own a cell phone or plan to buy one in the future. With an average life span of two years and only 12% of cell phones currently being recycled, too many cell phones are currently ending up in landfills.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Resist the urge to upgrade to the latest model and make do with what you have for another season. When selecting a new phone, do some research and 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.

Reuse

Give your old phone to a friend or family member, offer it online through craigslist or freecycle or donate it to a charitable organization. Keep it as a back up in case of emergency.

Recycle

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) coordinates a nationwide mobile phone recycling and refurbishment program called Recycle My Cell .  Most cell phone retailers will accept your old phone and charger back for recycling or go to drop off locations .
If you don't want to take it into a store, a prepaid shipping label is available through recyclemycell.ca so that you can parcel up your unwanted phone and charger and drop them in the mail.  Call2Recycle Call2Recycle is a product stewardship program for cell phones and batteries.  Go to www.call2recycle.org for a complete list of free drop off locations.  Call2Recycle does not accept cell phone chargers.
In the Capital Region, London Drugs, Hartland landfill recycling area, Rogers, Fido, Connect, Sound Advice, Tom Harris Cellular and Project Redial with Canadian Diabetes are some of the facilities that accept used cell phones, batteries and chargers for recycling.
Be sure to wipe out any personal information before recycling your cell phones.  Asset Investment Recovery offers a secure electronic media destruction service.

Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Product Stewardship program.  If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.

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

    Obsolete and unwanted cell phones contribute to the 20-50 million tonnes of e-waste that is disposed of annually worldwide, putting heavy metals and chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic into landfills, which can contaminate soil and groundwater. 96% of cell phones are recyclable and many manufacturers, in addition to existing recycling and refurbishment programs, are developing green models which are made of sustainable substances and use less energy.

    Did You Know?

    Cell phone batteries contain a variety of heavy metals, such as nickel, cadmium and lead, which can leach into the environment if thrown in the landfill. Every year, over 20 million tonnes of e-waste is disposed of worldwide. Recycling your cell phone and all its component parts saves the environment from toxic metals, protects our groundwater and increases the lifespan of the landfill.