How to Pack and Ship a Cell Phone

Whether you are shipping one cell phone or a few dozen cell phones, it’s crucial to ensure they are properly packaged and make it to their destination in one piece. At Big Sky Recycling, our goal is to make recycling and shipping cell phones as easy as possible. Follow the guide below to learn how to properly pack, ship and recycle cell phones.

Shipping Supplies



Box or Envelope

Packaging Material

Shipping Instructions

1. Choose a Box or Padded Envelope

When shipping one or two cell phones, a padded envelope is a great option. If shipping more than a couple cell phones, find an appropriately sized box to use. If you do not have access to a box, the USPS offers Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes for free. Furthermore, flat rate boxes are often the most affordable shipping option. Free flat rate boxes can be ordered online or picked up at your local post office.

2. Package Phones

Wrap each cell phone in several layers of packaging material such as bubble wrap or newspaper and set it inside the box. Be sure to fill your box of choosing with plenty of additional packing material, ensuring the cell phones do not move around during transit.

3. Affix Postage

PrePaid Shipping: If recycling five (5) or more cell phones and using a prepaid shipping label, print out the shipping label we emailed you and tape to the box or envelope. If you have not yet requested a shipping label you can do so here.

SelfPaid Shipping: If recycling 1-4 cell phones and using a selfpaid shipping label, print your selfpaid shipping label, write in your return mailing address and affix proper postage. Postage can be applied with stamps or printed online from USPS or from a 3rd party service such as Alternatively, the easiest option is often to purchase the proper postage in-person at your local post office.

4. Ship Your Package

Schedule an at-home pickup or drop your package off at any USPS location.

That’s it! You’re ready to recycle your cell phones for charity.

Shipping Tips

Batteries: It’s very important things to ensure that battery terminals are not exposed. Cell phones are designed to keep batteries grounded when attached, so don’t disconnect or remove batteries. If you are sending an extra battery, be sure to put a piece of tape over the battery terminals and pack as tight as you can with bubble wrap, kraft paper or newspaper.

iPhones: Before shipping your iPhone be sure to turn off Find My iPhone. By turning off Find My iPhone, it makes it easier for us to erase left-behind personal data, reuse your cell phone and provide more to charity.

Android: Before shipping your Android Smartphone be sure to remove you Google and Samsung Account. By removing your Google and Samsung account, it makes it easier for us to delete left-behind personal data, reuse your cell phone and provide more to charity.

Ask for Help: You can call, text or email us if you have questions about recycling, packing or shipping your cell phone.

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