Where to donate electronics that you no longer want
Guy Hall • February 24, 2020if( has_post_thumbnail( $post_id ) ): ?>
In the past, we’ve given you a range of options of what to do with your old cell phone, one of which was “give it away.” We didn’t, however, go into a lot of detail on this front and since it’s important, we thought we should! So here’s a list of some great charities that you can donate electronics to.
Cell Phones For Soldiers
Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization started back in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, who were aged just 12 and 13 at the time. Their organization provides communication services to active-duty military members, allowing troops to call home for free, and provides one-time emergency grants to veterans making the transition back to civilian life.
So, how does it work? Cell Phones For Soldiers accepts donations of cell phones in any condition. Newer “gently-used” models are preferred as these can be sold to an electronic refurbisher who will resell it in the aftermarket. However, the organization can still benefit from older and broken devices, since these can be sold to recyclers who will strip them for parts. The proceeds are then used to buy prepaid international calling cards, which are then sent out to the troops. Since their founding, Cell Phones For Soldiers has recycled over 15 million phones and provided troops with over 300 million minutes of free talk time!
Want to help? You can drop off your device at one of their thousands of official drop-off locations or send your device to the following address:
Cell Phones for Soldiers
5705 Commerce Blvd.
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Oh, and despite their name, they also accept tablets and MP3 players!
Medic Mobile is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve healthcare in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. They build software that can be used by health workers in the field on the types of inexpensive devices that are commonly distributed by NGOs and government health offices. With these tools, health workers can register pregnancies, track disease outbreaks, monitor medicine stocks and communicate about emergencies.
Medic Mobile funds this, in part, by recycling phones with the help of their partner, The Wireless Alliance. They will accept any phone, working or not, and there is no need to include chargers or batteries. You can print a free shipping label here or organize your own phone donation drive using their collection kit.
Secure the Call
Secure the Call works to keep cell phones out of landfills and get them into the hands of those who need them most.
By law, all devices sold in the United States have to have the ability to call 911, even if it’s been sitting unused in a drawer for five years. That’s where Secure the Call comes in. They collect these old, unwanted devices then select which devices are in good enough condition for reuse. Next, these phones are shipped to institutions across America, that redistribute them to people who are in need and at high risk for needing emergency services.
You have two options when it comes to sending Secure the Call your phones. For less than $10, you can pay for the shipping. Alternatively, if you are unable to do so, they will pay for the postage. You can print both labels here. If you are able to, we strongly suggest that you treat them to the postage, it goes a long way!
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) works to provide for victims and survivors of domestic violence. They do this in part through the donation of old electronics. Working with Cellular Recycler, the NCADV receives a portion of funds that come from the sale of refurbished electronics. What’s great about their program is that you can donate a great array of electronics, from cell phones to digital cameras to old video game consoles!
Anything that cannot be refurbished and resold is recycled “to the highest environmental standards.” If you’re donating more than three items then shipping is free using their label. If you’re donating fewer than three devices, you should send them to the following address:
Cellular Recycler, ATTN: NCADV
4840 Sterling Drive, Unit A
Boulder, CO 80301
They also ask that you attach a special label to the package to let couriers know that it contains a lithium-ion battery.
Make a difference
Donating your old tech can not only go a long way to help out a worthy cause but also helps to declutter your house. It’s a win-win!
Have you ever donated a phone in the past and if so, who did you give it to? Please let us know if there are any other great causes out there that accept device donations.