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Type Private
Industry Recycling
Founded 1991
Founders Charles Newman
Headquarters Ann Arbor, Michigan
Key people Charles Newman, Chairman
Products Cell phones

ReCellular is the world's largest recycler and reseller of cell phones. ReCellular collects cell phones for resale and recycling, collecting more than 125,000 phones each week.[1]

Founded in 1991, ReCellular is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Reuse and recycling[edit]

Approximately half of the phones ReCellular collects are reprogrammed and sold for reuse.[citation needed]

Obsolete or non-functional phones are dismantled and recycled to reclaim valuable materials, such as: gold, silver and palladium from circuit boards; copper wiring from phone chargers; nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs; and plastic from cases and accessories.[2]

In November 2006, the magazine Inc. named ReCellular to the Green 50.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fighting e-waste one cell phone at a time". ITworld. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  2. ^ Greene, Kate (2008-08-19). "Where Cell Phones Go to Die | MIT Technology Review". Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  3. ^ "The Recyclers - Green 50 - Sustainable businesses". 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 

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