Recycling Fundraiser in September

Collection Days and Times

We’ll be collecting recyclable items on Sundays in September: 9/12, 9/19 and 9/26.

You can also drop by your donations Mondays through Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm.

Simply look for the recycling box; if it fits in the box, we’ll take it!

Please invite your friends, neighbors, and families to donate their old electronics!

Items We Can Accept

We recycle and accept the following:

  • Any Cellphones

  • Any Tablets

  • Aircards, Hotspots and Bluetooth*

  • All Ink cartridges/toner*

  • Any related accessories to cellphones, tablets and handheld electronics (Chargers, Cases, Etc)*

    *No guaranteed payment on these items

Items We Cannot Accept

We do not recycle and will not receive funds for the following:

• Desktops/Laptops

• Computer Monitors

If you have questions about what can be recycled, please call us at 1.888.366.5791


Environmental Benefits

For every million cellphones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. – E.P.A.

By recycling cell phones, you are helping the environment through landfill reduction, keeping water clean, and reducing the demand for mining of new material and resources necessary to produce phones.


Data Security

By partnering with The Wireless Alliance, EcoPhones is able to data security to the next level.

The Wireless Alliance utilizes industry leading technologies to ensure that 100% of customer information is destroyed on every device.

Efficient, secure data sanitation in accordance to R2:2013 and NIST Standards.

IMEI/ESN/Serial number logging available upon request.

The Wireless Alliance adheres to the data sanitization, purging, or destruction practices described in the NIST Guidelines for Media Sanitization: Special Publication 800-88 (rev. 1). Certificate of Recycling and Data Destruction provided on request.

The Wireless Alliance is ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and R2:2013-Certified.


Disabling “Find My Phone” on Apple Products

As one of the world’s most dedicated cellphone recyclers, EcoPhones want to pay you the full price for your items. However, Apple products have an anti-theft security feature that prevents us from wiping all the data on apple products even with our industry leading data removal services. If we get an Apple product with the Find My iPhone lock ON, we can only recycle it for parts and only pay scrap value for the phone.

This Find My iPhone lock is also known as an “Activation Lock,” which has a feature that’s designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch if it’s ever lost or stolen. This feature limits us and many repair/recyclers from properly handling and reusing apple products across the world.

If you want to support changing this feature, please support Cellphone RightToRepair legislation in your state.

How to Turn Off “Find My Phone”

Do I need to turn off Find My iPhone before giving away my device?

Yes. Before you give your device to someone else, turn off Find My iPhone to ensure that the next person can activate and use the device normally. The best way to do this is to sign out of iCloud and then erase all content and settings from your device before handing it over. This completely erases your device, turns off Find My iPhone, and removes the device from your Apple ID account.

Note that CCU Orlando does not provide tech support for the following procedures. Please contact your phone provider if you have questions.

IN IOS 10.3 OR LATER:

  1. Tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

  2. Scroll down and tap Sign Out.

  3. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

  4. Go back to Settings.

  5. Tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

IN IOS 10.2 OR EARLIER:

  1. Tap Settings > iCloud.

  2. Scroll down and tap Sign Out, then tap Sign Out again.

  3. Tap Delete from My iPhone and enter your password

  4. Go back to Settings.

  5. Tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

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