Telephones (Landline)

Alternative ways to recycle
Illegal in Garbage & Drains
Recycle With E-Waste

Telephones can be recycled as e-waste at any S.A.F.E. Center.

Trash Bin

Never Throw in the Garbage

Landline telephones are made with chemicals and hazardous materials found in circuit boards and batteries. These materials are dangerous when placed in landfills because they can leach into water supplies.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Best Buy Recycling Program

Best Buy will take back phones and many other home electronics for free recycling. They accept up to three items per day from each household. They also offer a trade-in program for more desired electronics. Find a Best Buy location here.


Staples' Take Back Program

Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including phones, desktop computers, tablets, monitors and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples.

Ways to Reuse


Sell or Donate

If your old landline is still in good condition, consider donating it or selling it. You can try selling it locally or on eBay, since discontinued phones can be valuable.

Did You Know?

The History of the Telephone

The Problem of E-Waste

E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project.