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Cell Phones

Recycle unwanted cell phones and accessories by dropping them off at retail locations sponsoring a take-back program.

Under State law, the New York State Wireless Recycling Act requires all wireless providers who sell cell phones within the state to accept cell phones for recycling.

Many wireless providers have in-store collection programs and mail-back programs, where a cell phone can be sent back to the wireless provider for recycling at no cost. In addition, some cell phone manufacturers and general retailers have voluntarily set up take-back programs for cell phones. Please check, prior to taking cell phones to a location.

If a provider refuses to recycle your cell phone, contact the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation at 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

Applicable Law: NY State Wireless Recycling Act NY State ECL, Article 27, Title 23

For more information: NY State Department of Environmental Conservation_Cell Phone Take-Back