Mobile Devices

Every type of mobile phone can be recycled! High Tech Recycling accepts and recycles all styles and brands of mobile devices. You can drop off your old devices at our center or schedule a pickup service.

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Mobile Devices We Accept

We accept the following items in working and non-working conditions:
  • Cellphones (Smartphones, flip phones, etc.)
  • Tablets
  • e-Readers
  • Chargers
  • Batteries
We cannot accept damaged batteries or phones with swollen batteries.
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How to Prepare Your Cellphone for Recycling

1. Backup Your Personal Information

Every phone manufacturer provides a manual with detailed explanations on how to back up your data correctly. Find your physical manual or locate one online and follow the appropriate steps.
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2. Complete a Factory Reset

A factory reset effectively eliminates most of your files and information. A complete reset can eliminate most of your personal data, setting configurations, installed applications (and application data), and logged-in accounts.
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3. Remove SIM & SD Cards

You do not want to leave your SIM card or other storage cards in the phone. SIM cards store contacts, phone numbers, and messages and provide access to mobile data services. SD cards serve the same function as a flash drive—providing external memory. Both SIM and SD cards have special trays. Each tray’s location varies depending on the phone model. Use the Unmount or Eject tool in your settings to remove the SD card, or ensure your phone is powered off before removing it. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for more information on how to remove SIM or SD cards from your specific phone.
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4. Clean Your Device

Clean your phone with isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth or other soft, non-abrasive, lint-free material. Never use ammonia-based cleaners, like window cleaners.
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Why Should I Recycle My Cellphone?

While it may seem convenient to dispose of your old cellphone in the trash, it’s important to consider the environmental impact. When a phone ends up in a landfill, certain elements within it, like cobalt and lithium, can start to break down, releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. This can affect groundwater, plants, wildlife, and even humans. By recycling your old cellphone, you’re not only preventing this pollution but also contributing to the conservation and reuse of valuable raw materials.

Recycling Solutions for Your Home & Business

We serve the entire Metro-Detroit area, including Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. We make it easy for you to recycle your electronics.

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