Program Frequently Asked Questions

How does the EcoPhones Recycling Fundraiser program compare to other recycling fundraisers?

Unlike the majority of electronics recyclers and electronics recycling fundraising programs, EcoPhones is an R2, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certified Recycling Facility. This means that EcoPhones adheres to the highest standards in the industry for electronics recycling, environmental responsibility and employee health and safety. In addition, EcoPhones has been through multiple stringent 3rd party audits to ensure compliance with the R2, ISO and OHSAS guidelines and receives yearly 3rd party compliance audits and data clearing audits.

EcoPhones continually strives to pay the highest overall payouts of any recycling fundraiser! Consequently, EcoPhones is the only program that pays for EVERY item regardless of whether or not the items(s) work and regardless of whether or not the item(s) are on our price list. That is, you earn cash for every item you collect even broken items and items not on our price list. Working and non-working items not included on our price list will be credited at competitive prices.

Lastly, EcoPhones and its employees are committed not only to the success of your recycling fundraiser but to the environment as well. All of us at EcoPhones are proud of the fact that through our efforts (and those of the more than 55,000 organizations like yours that participate in our program) more than 100 tons of electronic waste has been safely recycled.

Back to Top

How do I obtain and use cell phone collection bins?

The use of collection bins to assist your fundraising efforts can be very effective if done properly, professionally and inexpensively. Here are a few pointers to help you get started:

STEP #1:
We recommend purchasing $5 to $10 plastic 10-gallon non-clear bins (as shown here) from your neighborhood Wal-Mart, Target or similar retail store. Cell Phone Recycling, Jewelry Recycling, Consumer Electronics Recycling, Gold & Silver Recycling, Recycling Fundraiser

STEP #2:
Insert one of our FREE color mini-flyers (available in our 'Resource Center') into a protective clear plastic sleeve or laminate.

STEP #3:
Insert one of our FREE color mini-flyers into a protective clear plastic sleeve or laminate.

STEP #4:
Tape or glue (use glue on clear plastic sleeve only) the mini flyer to the top of the bin. Be careful not to cover the slot opening.

STEP #5: Optional
To reduce the chance of theft two small holes can be drilled through the plastic lid and into the bin base. Small zip ties or even a small travel padlock will ensure the bin remains closed at all times while on display.

Back to Top

Is it a good idea to collect old cell phones from my local cell phone store?

Yes, asking for cell phone donations from your neighborhood cell phone retail store (e.g. Cingular, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile) is a great way to launch your fundraiser! (TIP: offer to include the cell phone store's company name/logo in the school newspaper, on your promotional posters or even on the customizable Recycling Fundraiser parent teacher flyer sent home to parents.)

Back to Top

What does EcoPhones do with the consumer electronics and metals it collects?

EcoPhones is an R2, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified recycling facility. All of the items we receive are recycled in accordance with the R2 (Responsible Recycling) and ISO standards as well as all Federal, State and Local EPA guidelines.

Every phase of a cell phone's life cycle, from raw material extraction all the way to its end-of-life management, has potential impacts on the environment. For example, during the extraction phase, raw materials must be extracted from the earth, refined, transported and manufactured into products such as cell phones, laptops, and other consumer electronics. Each of these phases uses tremendous amounts of energy and creates pollution from the burning of fossil fuels. When the product reaches the end of its useful life, the best choice is to properly and safely recycle it putting it (or at least the majority of its components) back into use. That's where Recycling Fundraiser comes in.

More than 80% of all the electronics we receive are reusable and are therefore tested, reconditioned and sold within the United States. The revenue generated from the resale of used consumer electronics helps pay for our warehouse rent, our repair technicians and our ability to pay schools, churches and businesses for an ever increasing number and variety of used and eventually hazardous consumer electronics. We do not receive any State or Federal aid.

The remaining 20% are de-manufactured in the state of Texas. Just as is the case with jewelry, consumer electronics contain more than 17 scarce and other non-ferrous metals - all of which are recoverable and more importantly reusable including silver, gold, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, indium, selenium, tellurium, antimony, tin, bismuth, arsenic and base metals such as lead, copper, nickel.

We do not export e-waste, we do not dump e-waste in landfills and we do not utilize prison labor. Our metals refinery partner, ECS, is a Basel Action Network (BAN) e-Stewards Certified Recycler ™ located nearby in Texas and is R2 (Responsible Recycling), ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Metals are sent to an EPA registered refinery within the United States where they are melted down to be reused to create new electronics, pieces of jewelry and other consumer products. Recycling metals reduces the need for metals excavation, the #1 cause of toxic pollution in the United States.

View our Certificates of Destruction

Watch ‘The Secret Life Of Cell Phones’ video.

Back to Top


Report on Environmental Sustainability & Terminating Ongoing Resource Excavation

NOW! ›