Phones for a Fresh Start
Together we’ve recycled over 120,628 wireless phones and counting.
Recycle your phone and help those in need
Don’t let your old phone take up space in a drawer, or even worse, a landfill. You can recycle your phone, help the environment, and help others at the same time.
We collect and recycle old wireless phones and donate all proceeds to Phones for a Fresh Start, a community partnership that helps victims of domestic abuse.
Drop off your old phone
Recycling your old phone is easy! Just drop it off at one of our collection bins at SaskTel Stores and participating dealers.
Before you drop it off, be sure to deactivate it and remove all your personal info like contacts, phone numbers, photos, and SIM cards. Once donated, it can’t be reclaimed.
You can also ship your phone to us through Canada Post:
- Pack your phone in a box, including any accessories and batteries you want recycled.
- Ensure your parcel is securely packed, wrapped, and reinforced.
- Visit canadapost.ca, print a return label using the Return ID Number PR713389, and affix it to the largest side of your parcel. (If you do not have a printer, bring the Return ID Number to Canada Post and they will print a label for you.)
- Take the box to any Canada Post outlet. They will ship the phone to us free of charge.
Helping the environment together
Did you know you can recycle 96% of the materials in an average wireless phone? Yet only about 10% of wireless phones are recycled in Saskatchewan. This contributes to the 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste around the world each year!
We ship the old phones to EDI Inc., an Ontario hardware technology company that gives new life to used phones.
Every phone recycled, is one less phone in the landfill.
A new start for people fleeing domestic abuse
While Phones for a Fresh Start is committed to minimizing our province’s environmental footprint, the program is also about helping others in our community.
In partnership with the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services Saskatchewan (PATHS), all proceeds from the recycling process have been used to buy and donate nearly $78,000 in prepaid phone cards and more than 3000 wireless phones for distribution across 21 PATH shelter agencies in the province.
Many people in shelters have left their abusive home with nothing. A simple wireless phone helps them to stay in contact with family and friends, look for jobs or a new home, and most of all, provides them with the comfort of having a phone in hand for safety’s sake.
Saskatchewan residents are well known for their generosity as well as for helping out their neighbours when in need and SaskTel’s Phones for a Fresh Start proves this to be true time and time again.
Jo-Anne Dusel, PATHS Executive Director