What to do with your old phones across Europe
Option 1: Sell or donate
We have put together a list of collection points to sell or donate your old phone [.PDF] in your area. In most situations you will receive a price based on the phone’s value and condition, or you may wish to donate the phone to support a cause.
Option 2: Find recycling or collection points
If your phone is broken or has a low value you can often recycle it for free. Find out where to drop off your old phones locally with this list of collection points [.PDF]. Besides these options, most retail shops are regulated by law to have drop-off points for old phones, free of charge.
Option 3: Donate your old high value phone to Fairphone
Fairphone has a program in which you can send back your old, high value phone (a smartphone or phone made after 2012) for re-use or recycling. The proceeds from this program will go to supporting Fairphone's takeback program. We hope to announce this program in September, so if you have a high value phone, please keep your eye on the blog. Please be aware that shipping your old phone across Europe will cause more transport emission than if you just hand it in at a local recycling or collection point. If you prefer to hand it in locally, please check this list for your options.
What to do with your old phone batteries across Europe
Here you can find local options for battery recycle points [.PDF] (ie, only a battery, without a phone).
What to do with your old cover across Europe
Option 1: Find recycling or collection points
If your back cover is broken you can often recycle it for free. Find out where to drop it off locally with this list of collection points [.PDF] in your area. Besides these local recycling facilities, most retail shops are regulated by law to have drop-off points for old phones, free of charge, including your back cover which is an accessory of your phone. These are the same point where you would take your old electronics products.
Option 2: Use your local plastic waste recollection program
Locally, you probably have some door-to-door or curbside plastic waste collection program. This way plastics are collected in large bins, bags or small open plastic tubs.
Nevertheless, the plastics contained in the back cover of your Fairphone 2 - Polycarbonate (PC) and Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) - belong to the plastic recycling code #7. Dubbed as “Other,” plastic #7 is literally the “catch-all” category and includes those resins that do not fit into categories 1-6.
Recycling programs for the “other” category vary greatly by location in Europe. Since it is such a broad category, many recycling programs will not accept your back covers at all. Please check with your local sorting and recycling scheme if they would accept it.
However recycling programs are changing collection guidelines, accepting materials based on product. We will keep you posted about new developments concerning this section.”