Anyone in Spokane County with an old cell phone can donate it for recycling or reuse.
The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System has announced that cell phones that don’t work, chargers and old phone batteries can now be sealed in plastic bags, along with household batteries.
The phones will be overhauled for reuse or recycled. The batteries will be sent to a facility to reclaim the reusable materials and to make new batteries.
Along with curbside collection, phones can be dropped off at recycling locations: Spokane Recycling, 535-0284; Du-Mor Recycling, 489-6482; Earthworks Recycling, 534-1638; and Recycle Techs, 926-1605.
Many nonprofit organizations also accept working cell phones that are no longer needed. The phones can be refurbished and distributed to individuals and families in the community that can benefit from the phones.
Organizations that accept the old phones include the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium, 487-6783; the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program, 456-7111, ext. 242; and YWCA Alternatives for Domestic Violence, 326-1190.
If you are planning on either donating or recycling your old phone, make sure you cancel the phone service and delete any stored information. You should also call ahead to the organization you are giving it to before you drop it off.
For more information, call the Recycling Hotline at 625-6800.