Accessible Accessory Recycling
Most companies who sell personal electronics now have easily accessible recycling programs that readily accept their products along with it's accessories. In most cases, your phone's charger, extra battery, headset, earpiece or other accessories can be turned in for recycling when you are ready to upgrade to a newer phone.
Retail stores for most cell phones, such as Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T Wireless stores, accept old phones and accessories for recycling. If the store does not have a recycling drop-off program, ask for a mailing address where your old electronic device and it's accessories can be sent for recycling. Large electronic stores, such as Best Buy, often have recycling programs for your old electronic devices and accessories .
You can also look at your phone's manufacturer's website for information on where to send in your phone's accessories for recycling.
The non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation partners with local businesses and recycling centers to collect rechargeable batteries and cell phones for recycling. RBRC drop-off sites accept batteries from products such as cell phones, cordless tools, digital cameras, laptops, and more. Their website lists the recycling drop-off locations in your area that partner with the RBRC.
Additional resources to find a location near you that accepts electronic accessories for recycling include the Telecommunications Industry Association's E-Cycling website, Earth 911, and My Green Electronics.
Most organizations that recycle electronics for charity will not accept accessories, just items such as cell phones and digital cameras. Usually, the items are not directly given to the needy. Instead, the money raised from recycling the items is used to support the charity.