recycle mobile phones

The three main incentives for mobile phone recycling are financial, environmental and social.

Financial Incentive

Even though you no longer use your old mobile phones there is still value in them. The value of a mobile phone, like all electronic items, depreciates rapidly with time. Therefore hoarding your old phones in the top drawer prevents you from maximising the potential value of an item that you no longer use.

PhoneCycle provides a free courier collection and price assessment within two working days. If you are not satisfied with your valuation then we can return the phones to you.

Your old mobile phones could raise money for your company to upgrade phones, improve office facilities or to reinvest. Many companies choose to donate their proceeds to charity to develop their Corporate Social Responsibility.

Environmental Incentive

PhoneCycle follows the waste hierarchy by aiming to reuse as many phones as possible.

The point at which it is better for the environment to buy a new mobile phone rather than continue using an old one is 7 years. Most Australians upgrade their mobile phone every 18 to 24 months. We aim to lengthen the working life of these used mobile phones by selling them for reuse in developing countries that cannot afford new mobile phones.

If we cannot reuse the mobile phones then the next best option is recycling. 90% of the materials in a mobile phone can be recycled.

The diversion of phones from landfill is of significant benefit to everyone in Australia. Mobile phones contain a long list of metals and chemicals that are harmful to both human and environmental health.

Traditionally the major driver for diverting waste from landfill has focused on total tonnage of a material rather than the toxicity of the material. Whilst we believe that diversion of any material from landfill is beneficial, we also think that removal of the highest hazard items is critical.

Social Incentive

Corporate Social Responsibility is growing rapidly in Australia and around the world. PhoneCycle provides you with a simple and easy method of achieving Environmental and Social benefits through the actions of your company.

To develop your Corporate Social Responsibility you can choose to donate the proceeds from your used mobile phones to charity. We can then send you a Certificate of Donation and Recycling Certificate for reporting and records.

Your used mobile phones could provide vital communications to developing countries. These emerging markets are now using mobile phones for secure banking and trading systems. People and businesses who may never had accounts can now securely send money to family and pay bills using their mobile phone.

The social benefits of PhoneCycle include the knowledge that your company has handled its waste in the best way possible for both humans and the environment. This benefit is not just for the current generation but also for future generations of Australians.


I hope that this provides you with a bit more of an understanding of what we do and why we do it! If you have any questions or ideas that you think would be of benefit then please do not hesitate to leave feedback or contact one of the team.

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