Calling all Schools! Let’s celebrate Earth Month with the 2017 Recycle My Cell Earth Month Challenge!

Earth Day is just around the corner and this is a great way to keep old or unwanted cell phones out of landfills, while giving your school the opportunity to win $500.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any registered Canadian public or private school or post-secondary institution. Approval from class teacher/project leader and school principal is required to take part.


  1. Schools must register with Recycle My Cell via the registration form, or by contacting the Recycle My Cell team at
    • Recycle My Cell will ensure an account is established with the processor for your location so that the number of devices collected can be tracked.
    • Recycle My Cell will provide pre-paid mailing labels so your organization can send in the phones at no cost.
    • Register only once. If you have not received your pre-paid mailing labels within 12 business days of registering, contact and we’ll make sure to get you one.
  2. Boxes MUST be sealed and returned by the deadline in order to be included in the Challenge.
  3. Grand prize winners will be determined on the basis of number of phones collected per student (based on school population and a minimum of 20 phones collected for provinces, 10 for territories). In the event that there is a tie, a random draw will occur.


  1. Winning school in each province/territory will be awarded $500.
  2. Schools that collect 20 phones or more in each province will be awarded $1 per phone.
  3. Schools that collect 10 phones or more in each territory will be awarded $1 per phone.
    • The maximum participation prize payment per school is $500.

Important dates

  • March 1st
    • Registration opens
  • April 1st – April 30th
    • The challenge officially starts on April 1st and runs until April 30th
  • May 12th
    • Shipping deadline – All boxes must be received at the processor by May 12th in order to be eligible for prizing

What do you need to do?

Register for the Challenge by filling out the registration form or by contacting Complete school name (no acronyms), school mailing address, and contact information must be submitted.

Encourage your students to collect all of the cell phones they can!

Box up what you collect, attach a pre-paid mailing label and drop off the box(es) at a Canada Post location near you.

This simple act will go a long way in ensuring that old devices don’t end up in a landfill, and will free up valuable drawer space for you.

What can be collected?

The Challenge will accept all old, damaged and out-of-use cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, and pagers.

We will also accept rechargeable cell phone batteries and accessories but these will not count toward your total.

What happens to the phones and other items that we collect?

Mobile devices that are collected are sent to GREENTEC for processing. Shipments arriving at GREENTEC are sorted, evaluated and tested to assess their functionality.

Phones are first tested to assess their ability to power on. Devices which power on then receive a data wipe to remove any confidential information which may have been left on by the consumer. Components, including the LCD screen, keypad, battery, antenna and casing, are evaluated. Phones deemed to be in good condition are then inspected for water damage and “call tested” to confirm their functionality. Phones that pass as functional are then sold for reuse.

Phones that do not power on, or do not pass the functionality evaluation, are separated for material recovery by recycling. Devices are broken down to their base components (metals or plastics), and then sent to approved processors.

Recycle My Cell Earth Month Challenge eligibility criteria can be changed without prior notice.