Charity Calling: 5 Places to Turn Your Old Cellphone into a Charitable Donation

How To | September 12, 2014

With Apple’s introduction of the new iPhone 6, it’s likely thousands of Canadians are considering upgrading their phones. That means thousands of unwanted cellphones will either end up in our landfills or gather dust as they sit unused.

Many electronics recycling programs let you to dispose of your phone safely, and even profitably. But did you know you can also donate your old cellphone — or the equivalent cash — to charity? Here are five ways you can dial in to a good cause with your old phone.


Recycle My Cell

Help the environment and support some great causes with Recycle My Cell’s national recycling program for mobile devices. Either drop your old cellphone off at one of the locations across the country, or print out a pre-paid shipping label and mail it in.

This program aggregates charitable initiatives from Bell, MTS, Rogers Communications, Telus, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile Canada and others. Find out more about the charities they’ll support when you donate your phone.

Think Recycle

Think Recycle pays money for old cellphones and other electronics. Various charities including the United Way, David Suzuki Foundation, EarthShare and National Service Dogs have partnered with Think Recycle to raise money by collecting recyclable electronics. Businesses like Pizza Pizza and RONA also work with Think Recycle to collect old phones for charity. Read more about Think Recycle partners.

Free Geek

Free Geek, which started in Portland and has expanded across Canada and the US, includes locations in Vancouver and Toronto. They accept cellphones along with nearly all computers and computer-related hardware, free of charge. Volunteers work to refurbish the hardware and make it available to non-profits through a granting process.

Cell Cycle

Cell Cycle, which pays cash for old cellphones, also offers a fundraising program for individuals and groups. It also works with charities, like Amnesty International Canada, which has published instructions on how you can support its work for human rights by recycling your phone with Cell Cycle.


If you’ve got a cellphone — or any other electronics you’d like to sell for charitable purposes — you can donate the money you make to any charity of your choice through Chimp. Simply create your Chimp account, add the money you earn from selling your unwanted products, and choose the Canadian charity to which you’d like to give the proceeds. You’ll receive a tax receipt instantly.

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