How to Recycle

Phones, Accessories, and Batteries

Motorola Mobility operates take back programs in partnership with carriers, customers, retailers and recyclers. Choose from the menu to learn how you can recycle in your location.

Our Commitment to Recycling

We seek to design our products to be easily recycled. Many used phones are still in good condition and can be refurbished. Those that cannot be reused can be recycled, which reduces waste and the use of raw materials to make new phones. Our mobile phones meet or exceed the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive recyclability target of 65 percent.

By law, we are required to take back and recycle our products in 30 countries in the European Union and the European Economic Area, but our commitment goes beyond legislation and has worldwide reach. We offer programs for mobile phones in approximately 60 countries. Our take back programs accept any mobile phone or accessory (not only our products). Some phones are refurbished for reuse and then sent to developing countries where they are sold at a low price, helping to boost access to communications.

Encouraging Handset Returns

The success of our mobile phone reuse and recycling program hinges on consumer participation. For this reason, we work to increase the number of people who recycle their mobile phones and accessories by:

  • Providing prepaid postage labels on our website
  • Holding electronics collection events at our facilities for employees and local communities
  • Offering periodic incentives such as product discounts
  • Participating with governments and other companies in take back events and promotions
  • Placing collection containers in our service centers
  • Partnering with industry and communities in programs such as Mobile Muster in Australia, Green Box in China, Plug-In To eCycling in the U.S. and Recycle My Cell in Canada.

We feature a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol on our products and documentation. This symbol informs users that a product must not be disposed of in household waste, but recycled in accordance with the European Union WEEE Directive and other national legislation.

CTIA Green Working Group

Motorola Mobility participates in the CTIA (international association for the wireless telecommunications industry) Green Working group, which is committed to improved sustainability and increased take back and recycling. The CTIA board adopted benchmarks for device take back and product minimization drawn up by the Green Working Group. The principal commitments that apply to all members are:

  • Provide a product take back program for mobile phones and accessories
  • Offer consumer education on product take back and mail-back programs
  • Agree to use third-party recyclers that comply with applicable state and federal electronic recycling laws
  • Provide clear and easy-to-navigate online resources on product take back programs
  • Establish a common approach for measuring handset collection rates with a goal of increasing the collection of devices and electronic accessories either directly or indirectly by 20 percent by 2015
  • Ensure that 90 percent of handsets launched annually comply with the Restrictions of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive
  • Participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Plug-In To eCycling program
  • Increase the percentage of device portfolio that includes recycled plastic in the phone housing to 25 percent by 2015.


Specialist companies process the equipment received through our take back programs for reuse and recycling of parts and materials. We ensure that our recycling suppliers comply with all regulatory requirements for disposal of electronic equipment and follow our stringent EHS contractual requirements and industry standards. Like all suppliers, recyclers must abide by our supplier code of conduct.

We specify in contracts that waste electronic equipment must not be shipped to developing countries, to avoid the risk that it is processed in unsafe conditions. If we have concerns that equipment will not be handled correctly in the country where it is collected, we will ship it to an alternative location. Refurbished products may be resold in the developing world. We are working with our reuse and recycling partners to obtain accurate global data for the number of products processed.

For Recyclers

The European Union's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, (2002/96/ EC) Article 11, requests producers to provide information to facilitate the reuse and treatment of WEEE.

In October 2005, EICTA, CERED, AeA Europe and EERA released a Joint Position Guidance on implementation of Article 11. Motorola has adopted this Joint Guidance format to provide information to recyclers: Industry Joint Position Paper Guidance WEEE Article 11.

Product Recycling

The WEEE Directive, (2002/96/EC), Annex II describes selective treatment for materials and components. On November 3, 2005 the guidance document working group for Annex II, provided guidance of the intent of the selective treatment specific to products and applications. Motorola supports this process and has provided data in accordance with the guidance.

Product Information

The following documents provide information for treatment facilities in the Joint Guidance format for families of products.


If you are a recycling organization and have questions about Motorola's recycling efforts and our treatment of products, please submit details via this Motorola Worldwide Recyclers Feedback form.