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Cell Phones, PDAs & Other Wireless Communication Tools

Before donating or recycling your cell phone or other hand-held communication device:
  • Remove personal data (such as phone numbers and emails)
  • Deactivate service
  • Fully discharge the battery and turn off the power 

Many charitable organizations collect used cell phones and other devices. Cell phones can be given to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Cell Phones for Soldiers and the 911 Cell Phone Bank.  

The Minnesota Zoo's Recycle for Rainforests program collects cell phones to raise money for rainforest protection.

More and more online organizations, like or NextWorth, want to pay you for your old gadgets. Or, you can sell them yourself using Craigslist or eBay. An EcoATM will accept phones, mp3 players and tablets at the Burnsville Mall.

If you will be buying a new device, trading in your old one can make for a better deal. All major cell phone carriers will pay you for your old phone. Electronic retailers Best Buy, Game Stop and Radio Shack will also offer store credit for many devices.


Free recycling options for electronic devices to. Call ahead for any restrictions on the number of items, size or type.

The Recycling Zone
3365 Dodd Road
Eagan, MN

Best Buy
15300 Cedar Ave.
Apple Valley, MN

14141 Aldrich Ave. S.
Burnsville, MN

1235 Town Centre Dr.
Eagan, MN

1350 50th St. E.
Inver Grove Heights, MN

14969 Florence Trail
Apple Valley, MN

The following electronic recycling locations may have fees. Call ahead for any restrictions on the number of items, size or type.

Advanced Recyclers, Inc. 
8980 S. Highway 149
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Burnsville Sanitary Landfill 
2650 W. Cliff Road
Burnsville, MN
Drop-off container located at entrance
(If using an Internet mapping program - use intersection of Hwy. 13 and Washburn as address.)

Certified Recycling 
14305 Ewing Ave.
Burnsville, MN

Cleanlites Recycling
1650 215th St. W.
Lakeville, MN

Office Depot/Max
7361 153rd St.
Apple Valley, MN

14121 Aldrich Ave. S.
Burnsville, MN

1271 Promenade Place
Eagan, MN

Plaza TV and Appliance, Inc.
946 S. Robert St.
West St. Paul, MN

Twin Cities Recycling/IOT Solutions
3771 Sibley Memorial Highway
Eagan, MN 


Information on this page applies to households ONLY. Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.

Last updated: 6/9/2016 6:28 AM