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Phones for a Fresh Start

Together we've recycled 104,510 wireless phones and counting

 

We collect and recycle our customers' old wireless phones. We donate all proceeds to Phones for a Fresh Start, a community partnership that helps victims of domestic abuse.
 

Drop-off locations

You can drop off your old phone or device at our collection bins. They're located in our stores and at participating dealers. If you can't make it there, mail your old phone to us, free of charge! Simply take your device to a Canada Post outlet and the Postmaster will ship it to us at no charge to you.

 

Phones for a Fresh Start will take:

  • Any handheld wireless device, regardless of the brand, model, age, or carrier. This includes working or non-working devices and data devices. 
  • Wireless chargers, batteries, and accessories 

Unfortunately, we can't accept cordless phones, pagers, two-way radios, walkie-talkies, or non-handheld devices.

 

Note: Once you've donated your phone, you can't reclaim it later. So before you drop it off, be sure to deactivate the device and remove all your personal information such as contacts, phone numbers, photos, and SIM cards!

Less e-waste everywhere

You can recycle 96 percent of the materials in an average cell phone. Yet approximately only 10 percent of cell phones are recycled in Saskatchewan.

 

The remaining phones are stored, sold, re-gifted, or thrown out. This results in 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste around the world each year!

 

After we collect them, we ship the old phones and devices to EDI Inc. This is an Ontario hardware technology company that gives new life to used devices.

 

It's all for a great cause, too. With the funds raised from recycling cell phones, we purchase prepaid phone cards and donate them to the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS).

A new start with PATHS

Many women in shelters have left their abusive home with nothing. A cell phone helps them keep in touch with family and friends, get emergency help, and re-establish themselves when they're ready to leave the shelter.
 

Without an established credit rating, most women at the shelters can't purchase a phone on a plan. But thanks to our partnership with PATHS, we provide them with phones and prepaid cards in 21 Saskatchewan shelters:

  • Battlefords Interval House (North Battleford)
  • Envision Counselling and Support Centre Inc. (Estevan, Weyburn, Carlyle)
  • Family Service Regina (Regina)
  • Family Service Saskatoon (Saskatoon)
  • Hudson Bay Family and Support Centre (Hudson Bay)
  • Isabel Johnson Shelter (Regina)
  • Moose Jaw Transition House (Moose Jaw)
  • North East Outreach and Support Services (Melfort)
  • PARTNERS Family Services Inc. (Humboldt)
  • Piwapan Women's Centre (La Ronge)
  • Project Safe Haven (Yorkton)
  • Qu'Appelle Safe Haven Shelter (Fort Qu'Appelle)
  • Regina Transition House (Regina)
  • Saskatoon Interval House (Saskatoon)
  • Saskatoon YWCA (Saskatoon)
  • Shelwin House (Yorkton)
  • SIGN (Society for the Involvement of Neighbours) (Yorkton)
  • SOFIA House (Regina)
  • Southwest Crisis Services (Swift Current)
  • Waskoosis Safe Shelter (Meadow Lake)
  • Wichihik Iskwewak Safe House (WISH) (Regina)

These shelters administer the phones, distribute them to women in need, and activate the prepaid cards for them.