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Mobile: Cellphone Recycling


It is estimated that there are more than 500 million cell phones in homes and offices in the United States. Less that 10% of all retired cellphones are ever recycled. Many are simply kept or thrown away.

Cell phones contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, beryllium, arsenic, cadmium, and antimony. If incinerated these substances can pollute the air, in landfills they can leach into groundwater.

Recycling your cell phone through the program ensures these toxic materials will be handled in an environmentally responsible manner. The data on all the phones that are collected will be destroyed according to manufacturer's protocol to assure no data from the phone can be recovered.

University students, faculty, and staff can can help protect the environment by depositing their old cellphones, PDAs, smartphones, and accessories at permanent "Last Call" recycling drop boxes across campus.

Note: Please make sure to deactivate service for your cell phone or mobile device before dropping it off!

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Cell Phone Drop-off Box Locations

The boxes are located in:

  • Any Student Computing Lab
  • Hillman Library
  • Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (153 Benedum Hall)

All cell phones placed in the drop boxes will be recycled by eLoop llc, a DEP permitted recycling facility in Pittsburgh. Any data left on the cell phones will be securely destroyed prior to the recycling process.