Recycling Cell Phones and Electronics in Bellingham
Why repair, reuse, or recycle cell phones and electronics?
Many cell phones contain precious metals and other materials that can be recycled or reused to save the energy and resources used to mine or manufacture new electronics. If these items end up in a landfill, they can pollute the air, soil and drinking water, endangering human health. Making cell phones last longer is more efficient and saves you money.
Cell phones and batteries should never go in the landfill.
All batteries and most electronic devices contain materials that are dangerous to human health and natural ecosystems, such as heavy metals. When these items get tossed in the landfill, the poisons can leak out and contaminate the surrounding area, eventually making their way into our air, food, or water. Plus, even broken electronics usually have parts that can be recycled or reused, so recycling saves energy and natural resources.
Before you buy a new phone.
Rather than buying a brand new phone, get your money’s worth and be more sustainable. Here are a few options to pursue that are cheaper and more sustainable than buying a new phone:
- Do It Yourself Check out DIYs from websites like iFixit (https://www.ifixit.com) which include detailed tutorials and information on what parts you need and where to get them.
- Hire someone to fix it If you have a device protection plan, you can make an insurance claim to have your phone fixed. You can also look up repair stores. Repairing a broken phone is usually cheaper than buying a new one.
- Have your mobile provider or phone manufacturer fix it Check if your phone broke within a warranty period and find out if they’ll fix it.
- Trade in your phone Broken phones can be sold on websites like uSell, Glide and Gizelle.
- Buy a used phone Consider buying a used phone rather than buying a new one. A used phone can then be activated with a mobile provider.
Where to recycle cell phones and electronics--its easy!
Used cell phones and electronics in Bellingham can either be taken to existing drop-off locations or be shipped to various programs. The following is a listing of organizations which either reuse or recycle cell phones and/or electronics.
How to donate a phone.
- Erase any data from the phone and disconnect the phone’s service with your wireless provider.
- Remove any storage cards and SIM cards from the phone.
- Power off the phone.
- Place your wireless phone from any service provider along with the battery, charger and any accessories you wish to donate in a plastic bag. Choose one of the drop off locations listed below to donate your wireless phone and accessories.
- Don’t have time to go to a drop-off location? Pack your wireless phone, battery, charger and accessories in a secure package. Print out a pre-paid mailing label from the HopeLine Program and just drop in the mail.
Drop-off Locations[tabby title="AS Bookstore"] Free. Accepts all cell phones and disposable batteries in a labeled container. These are collected by the AS Recycle Center and sent to Safe and Easy Recycling. Address: 501 High St., Bellingham Wa 98225 Phone: (360) 650-3655 [tabby title="Best Buy"] Free. Accepts all cell phones, which can be dropped off at customer service. Best Buy processes these and removes usable parts. Click for more information on Best Buy's E-Waste services. Address: Cordata Center, 4281 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98226 Phone: (360) 715-0008 [tabby title="Verizon Wireless (HopeLine Program)"] Accepts all cell phones at Verizon Wireless stores for free. Phones can also be shipped for free with a pre-paid mailing label. See the HopeLine program below. Address: 1 Bellis Fair Pkwy, spc 124 Bellingham WA 98226 Contact the hope line program directly at: 847-706-1733 [tabby title="Target"] Free. Accepts all cell phones, which can be dropped off in a box in the electronics department Phone: (360) 734-0220 Address: Bellis Fair, 30 Bellis Fair Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98226 [tabby title="Radio Shack"] Only accepts the reusable batteries from cell phones. Address: 1050 Lakeway Dr Bellingham, WA 98229 Phone: 360-676-9912 [tabby title="WWU Move-Out Madness"] Free. This program takes place every spring for Western students to drop-off household items, furniture and electric appliances for reuse, recycle or disposal. Check out this page for more info. [tabby title="Safe and Easy Recycling"] Accepts most electronics for free or for a nominal fee Address: 3863 Hannegan Road, Suite 110 (Next to Bellingham Millworks) Bellingham, WA 98226 Phone: 360-715-3279 Website: https://www.safeandeasyrecycling.com/ [tabby title="Sanitary Service Company"] A good resource for larger electronics that would be difficult to take to a drop-off location yourself. Provides curbside pick-up for Bellingham residents and specially arranged pick-up for all county residents. Items can also be dropped off at the Bellingham Drop-Box Facility and Recycling Center at 1001 Roeder Avenue. Fee applies. Call ahead of time for details and pricing. Phone: 360-734-3490 Address for Drop-Box Facility and Recycling Center: 1001 Roeder Avenue, Bellingham Washington Source [tabby title="e-Cycle Washington"] Free. Electronics accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, televisions, portable DVD players and e-readers. Unfortunately, this does not include cell phones. Description: "E-Cycle Washington is a free program that provides responsible recycling of computers (including laptop and “tablet” PCs), monitors, TVs, portable DVD players and e-readers in our state. Starting in 2009, electronics manufacturers in Washington took responsibility for safely recycling these products and in October 2013 the milestone of 200,000,000 pounds recycled was reached. Recycling is provided free of charge to households, small businesses, school districts, small governments and charities at authorized collection sites." Source Receptionist: 360-407-6000 Find a free drop-off location near you: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/recycle/UISearch/ServiceSearch.aspx Or check with these local businesses currently participating in the E-Cycle Washington program:
- Goodwill Bellingham Store, 1115 East Sunset Drive Phone: 360-752-2080
- Safe and Easy Recycling, 3863 Hannegan Road, Suite 110, Call 360-715-3279 for Lynden location.
- Salvation Army Bellingham, 1515 Birchwood Phone: 360-733-1350
- Recycling and Disposal Services, 4916 LaBounty Drive 360-384-8011
- Value Village,150 East Bellis Fair Parkway Phone: 360-647-4292