Cell Phone Recycling FAQ

How do I donate and recycle my cell phones?
What types of cell phones can I recycle?
What other types of electronics can I recycle?
Does Big Sky Recycling accept charging cords and accessories?
How do I erase my personal data?
How do I package my cell phones?
Can I include batteries with my cell phone?
How do I print multiple shipping labels?
What if I don’t have access to a printer?
How do I schedule a pickup?
Does Big Sky Recycling accept televisions or desktop monitors?
Does Big Sky Recycling accept cell phone instruction manuals?
What is a B Corporation?
What does Big Sky Recycling do with the donated cell phones?
Is Big Sky Recycling a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?
Can I get a charitable deduction form?
How do I request a certificate of data destruction?
How can my charity become involved with Big Sky Recycling?
Can I choose which charity my donation supports?
How do I donate and recycle my cell phones?

Cell phone recycling is easy!  Once you collect your cell phones to recycle, a free shipping label can be printed from our website.

If you are recycling five (5) or more cell phones, Big Sky Recycling will pay for your shipping costs by providing a prepaid USPS shipping label.

Alternatively, our selfpaid shipping option saves Big Sky Recycling on shipping costs and allows us make a larger impact by providing more to charitable causes.

What types of cell phones can I recycle?

Big Sky Recycling accepts all makes and models of cell phones, working or broken: flip phones, messenger phones, smartphones, and iPhones.

What other types of electronics can I recycle?

Along with all makes and models of cell phones, we recycle iPads & Tablets, iPods & MP3 Players, E-readers, Chromebooks and Laptops.

Please contact us if you are interested in recycling a device thats not listed here!

Does Big Sky Recycling accept charging cords and accessories?

Yes, Big Sky Recycling will gladly recycle your cell phone chargers, cords, and accessories.

How do I erase my personal data?

Upon requesting a shipping label we will provide you with a pre-shipment check list, including instructions on how to remove your accounts and erase personal data. These step-by-step directions can also be found here.

If you are unable or unsure how to erase your data we are happy to help. Big Sky Recycling follows strict standards of operations, ensuring data destruction on all recycled electronics.

How do I package my cell phones?

Follow our step-by-step guide for tips on safely package your cell phones.

Can I include batteries with my cell phone?

Yes, please include the batteries with your cell phones.

It’s very important things to ensure that battery terminals are not exposed.  Cell phones are designed to keep batteries grounded when attached, so don’t disconnect or remove batteries.  If you are sending an extra battery, be sure to put a piece of tape over the battery terminals and pack as tight as you can with bubble wrap, kraft paper or newspaper.

How do I print multiple shipping labels?

If needed, we are happy to provide multiple prepaid USPS shipping labels.  Please contact us and let us know how many labels are needed.

What if I don’t have access to a printer?

If you don’t have access to a printer and are recycling 1-4 phones you can simply write in our mailing address: Big Sky Recycling PO Box 13160 Portland, OR 97213.

If you don’t have access to a printer and are requesting a prepaid shipping label, we will mail you a label.  To request a mailed label, please contact us.

How do I schedule a pickup?

Once your phones are ready to ship, you can drop them off at the nearest USPS location or schedule them to be picked up from your home or office.

Does Big Sky Recycling accept televisions or desktop monitors?

No, at this time we do not accept televisions or desktop monitors.  We recommend finding a local recycling center for these items.

Does Big Sky Recycling accept cell phone instruction manuals?

Instruction manuals, paperwork and original boxes can be recycled with your curbside cardboard recycling.  If you do not have access to these at-home recycling services, Big Sky Recycling is happy to recycle them for you.

What is a B Corporation?

A B Corp, or benefit company, is a type of corporation or limited liability company that considers it’s impact on society and the environment in the business decision-making process, in addition to earning a profit.

As a Pending Certified B Corporation, Big Sky Recycling meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works towards reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment and stronger communities.

What does Big Sky Recycling do with the donated cell phones?

Big Sky Recycling uses the power of cell phones and e-waste to help the world. Through the recycling of cell phones and electronics we help in reducing e-waste while supporting environmental, social and military nonprofits through the recycling, buyback, and resale of cell phones.

Is Big Sky Recycling a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?

We love nonprofits!  We love them so much, Big Sky Recycling was built around the idea of giving back to nonprofits. Unfortunately, this alone does not qualify us as a nonprofit.

After countless hours talking with professionals, we found the most effective way to give back was to become a Certified B Corp.  Rest-assured, although we are not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, profits from all sales help to support nonprofits!

Can I get a charitable deduction form?

Big Sky Recycling was built around the idea of giving back to nonprofits but this does not qualify us as a nonprofit and therefore cannot provide tax deduction documents.

However, we would be happy to provide you with a receipt of your donations, please contact us to request one.

How do I request a certificate of data destruction?

We are happy to provide you with a certificate of data destruction.  To request one, please contact us prior to shipping your phones.

How can my charity become involved with Big Sky Recycling?

Big Sky Recycling is always looking for new nonprofit charities to work with. Please email us at [email protected] and share your suggestions!

Can I choose which charity my donation supports?

Since Big Sky Recycling regularly changes the nonprofit charities we support we are unable to attribute your donation to one specific group. However, we would be happy to attribute your donation to a nonprofit from a category of your choosing (i.e. Military, Environment or Humanitarian).  Please contact us to request a nonprofit charity category for your donation.

One More Question?

Have questions about Big Sky Recycling or Cell Phone Recycling that are not listed here? Contact us, we are happy to help!

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