Q: How much money can we make?
A: You can make up to $200 per cell phone or up to $10 per printer cartridge. The total your group earns will depend on how many members you have and the type of phones and cartridges you collect. Plus, with the ABC Recycle™ Matching Bonus you can double the amount of money you make.
Q: Do we need to be a non-profit to participate?
A: No. Any type of group can participate.
Q: Do we need to pay to ship the phones we collect to you?
A: No. ABC Recycle™ provides you with a shipping label to use so your shipping is 100% FREE.
Q: Do you accept all phones?
A: No. We accept more phones than any other recycling
program, but there are still some phones that do not qualify for a commission.
Q: Is there a minimum # of phones and cartridges we need to send back?
A: Yes. The minimum # of phones is 15 “qualifying” phones and/or 20 printer cartridges.
Q: What is a 'qualifying' cell phone?
A: Qualifying phones are phones that we pay for. As a general rule they are limited to those specified on our most recent cell phone purchase price list. Prices on this list reflect working phones only. Working phones are phones that power up, possess an undamaged LCD screen, make a test call and are not cracked or otherwise damaged.
Q: Can I use ABC Recycle outside of the US?
A: Yes. We can accept “Qualifying” phones from other countries but we can only pay for partial shipping (up to 10% of your commission)
Q: Do you accept accessories such as batteries and chargers, etc.?
A: As cell phone batteries account for the majority of harmful substances related to cellular phone waste ABC Recycle™ encourages you to include phone batteries in your shipments. We would prefer not to receive all other accessories such as chargers, cases, ear microphones, etc. and we will charge back the shipping costs ($20) related to boxes that primarily contain accessories. We realize that individuals often donate the accessories with the phone and it is a well-intended gesture. Unfortunately, these accessories are often heavy / bulky and very expensive to ship. Our program cannot support the shipping and recycling costs of these items, which is why they are excluded from the program. Please recycle these items locally and responsibly.
Q: Why are cell phones so harmful to the environment?
A: According to INFORM, Inc., an independent environmental research organization, the improper disposal of cellular phones poses a serious threat to the environment. For example, did you know that cell phones contain toxic substances including Arsenic, Antimony, Beryllium, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Nickel and Zinc. (NOTE: The cadmium from a single phone is capable of polluting 158,200 gallons of water or the equivalent of 1.2 million 16-ounce coffees.) These toxic substances either leach into soil and groundwater from landfills or form highly toxic dioxins & furans during incineration associated with certain types of cancer and a range of reproductive, neurological and developmental disorders especially in children. This is why it is so important to recycle your cell phones.


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