How can I reuse or recycle mobile phone chargers?

phone_charger.jpgWe’ve had an email from Angelica asking about how she can recycle mobile phone chargers.

Some charities/companies that take old mobiles accept the chargers too since they’ll re-sell working phones to the developing world (for example in the UK, Help the Aged) but this isn’t the case with every phone recycling scheme. It might be worth checking with the ones that do take chargers if they take chargers by themselves.

Another idea might be to offer it on your local Freecycle group in case anyone in your area needs a replacement or wants a spare.

Any other ideas?

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24 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle mobile phone chargers?”

  1. Eve says:

    what about using them as weights for tablecloths. Attach a bulldog clip to the tablecloth at each corner and slip the cord through. Add beads or whatever. Makes a great idea for outdoors in summer, kids partys whatever..

  2. luis says:

    Great post!

    If the economics don’t work, recycling efforts won’t either.
    As our little contribution to make this economics of recycling more appealing, blogs about people and companies that make money selling recycled or reused items, provide green services or help us reduce our dependency on non renewable resources.

  3. trish says:

    You can always donate them to women’s shelters. They can be used with old cell phones and the one I worked at had an arrangement with many of the cell companies, they’d pay for the old chargers and phones.

  4. PAUL says:

    HI. I just went on the linked website and they accept chargers from you, sell them and give the money to the charity.

    Fill your details in and they’ll send you a reepost envelope to use.

  5. Alan says:

    we accept most chargers to with the phones because they change quite often, we cna get this turned into renewable plastic type furniture.

  6. Alan says:
    offer cash for old,new,working and none working mobile phones they have an online tracking system which enables users to track their orders and payment is within 48 hours after receipt of the mobile phones. They also accept certain chargers with certain types of phones and offer a freepost service with envelope provided if needed. the sister company offer cash for printer cartridges

  7. Yeah selling your old mobile phone online is a great way of earning a bit of money. I recently lost my Nokia N95 8GB – got a new one on my insurance but am soon due for a upgrade so through bit of reserach found that i can get about £125 for my old/still new nokia

  8. Abbie says:

    i have a sony ericsson w810i phone charger i am looking to sell. its in good working condition and only 18 months old. i am looking for anything from £5.oo – £10.00 ( this is good comparing to what a new one is priced at!) any way if you eed one or know anyone who does please contact me on my email address.
    thank yoou

    • needing a phone charger says:

      hia i need a nw phone charger and think that its a great offer i would buy this of you as it sounds like a great offer but i have just sold my sony ericson phone ah well .

  9. Vics says:

    Really useful (a little bit late for me though) as i’ve not long ago sold my mobile that i wasn’t using anymore and have just put my old charger and the CD, manual etc in the bin – next time i will know to send them with the phone or freecycle the useful bits.

    **Quick tip** when i sold my phone i used a site that checks the prices of loads of phone recyclers:

    Will save u plenty of time and prob make sure you get the most cash.

    Vics x

  10. Rob White says:

    Nokia will recycle all their old stuff. You can send it to them for free.

  11. sarah walker says:

    i have loads of mobile phone chargers all over the house and i dont know what to do with them

  12. KarenV says:

    According to the Help the Aged website, checked today, they do NOT accept phone chargers for recycling any longer. Just FYI.

  13. accept all models or mobile phones and offers cash in return. We also have a charitable donation scheme for schools recycling mobile phones if anyone is interested.

  14. Andy says:

    I have over 20 phone chargers that I will give FREE to any charity that wants them. Help The Aged does not take phone chargers as your site ask us to contact them and when you click onto their site they do not acept chargers

  15. Carl says:

    Sainsbury’s will have a place to recycle old mobile phone chargers and other types of charge in every store across the UK for the whole month of August.

  16. Ali says:

    Hi – I emailed Sainsbury’s to ask about this before seeign Carl’s note. To echo Carl’s response, this is what Sainsbury customer service said-

    I am pleased to say that from the 31st July until the 28th August we will have charger recycling bins at the entrance to all of our stores.

    If you go along to your nearest store whenever it is suitable for you, we would appreciate your kind donation.

  17. I gave my old mobile to my telecommunication provider in order to recycle it. I was asured that this is a green method.

  18. obe says:

    Does anyone know what Sainsbury’s did with the mobile phone chargers they collected in August. Are they going to repeat it or does anyone else recycle them?
    I collect and send Mobile phones for recycling to raise money for Leukaemia Research but the company do not want the chargers any more

  19. charles says:


    I have 600 old model nokia cell charger and want to know if anyone/place can buy them at 1 pound a unit?

    Thank you

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