Can you recycle mobile phones?


Yes, you can!
Seperate waste stream required

How to recycle mobile phones at home

Unfortunately, mobile phones cannot be recycled through household recycling bins.

  1. If your phone is still in good working condition, it can be given a second life by donating it to someone in need.
  2. You can also recycle your phone at local recycling centres, which provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of electronic waste.

How to recycle mobile phones at your business

  1. Mobile phones are considered part of WEEE waste. Ensure it is stored in a secure and isolated area – ready for collection.
  2. Your reliable waste management partners such as Bywaters will provide you with a detailed and thorough assessment of your WEEE waste.
  3. All sensitive data will be destroyed and stripped.
  4. If your electrical items are still in working shape, arrangements will be made for them to be redistributed to the best possible suitor/s.
  5. Remaining WEEE waste will be stripped and recycled and turned into new products.



  • Consult the Waste Hierarchy before recycling your phone.
  • Ask your phone shop if they have take-back schemes.
  • If your battery can be removed, recycle it separately from your phone.

Do not

  • Do not put your mobile phone or its battery in any household bin.

The WEEE Recycling Process

We collect your WEEE using our Euro 6 fleet

For IT equipment, we can arrange data wiping services

Any reusable items are donated to charity or local businesses

Non-reusable items are broken down into component parts

Each material is then recycled into new products

Facts about mobile phones

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