Donate Cell Phones for Soldiers & Veterans

Operation Shoebox embraces a practical mission of providing hands-on support for our troops deployed overseas and returning home. Whether it looks like packing coffee, socks, toothpaste, and sports gear into care packages, or sending letters of encouragement, donating Halloween candy and old cell phones, Operation Shoebox is committed to treating every hero with care and honor. 

In partnership with Big Sky Recycling, the money earned by recycling old cell phones is used to purchase phone cards for soldiers to call home, provide care packages, and to cover shipping costs.

Donate and Recycle Cell Phones for Soldiers in 4 Simple Steps.

How it Works

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1. Print

Collect your cell phones and print a shipping label.

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2. Package

Follow our step-by-step guide on how to erase data and safely package your phones.

3. Ship

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

4. Support

All recycled cell phones help support Soldiers, Veterans and their Families.

What We Recycle

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iPhones and Android Smartphones. Working and broken.

Cell Phones

Non-smartphones including flip phones. All makes and models.

iPads & Tablets

All generations of iPads, Android Tablets and eReaders.

Why Big Sky Recycling?

Your Data Stays Safe

We ensure data destruction on all recycled cell phones & provide data erase instructions.

Causes That Matter

We support causes with meaningful impact for Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families.

Certified B Corp

Big Sky Recycling upholds the highest social and environmental standards.

Five Star Service

We prioritize our customers, employees, and community. See what everyone is saying!

Frequently Asked Questions

Donating your cell phone and e-waste to help soldiers is a simple yet impactful way to show your support. By contributing your old device, you can help provide phone cards and care packages to troops stationed overseas, ensuring they stay connected with their loved ones. Follow the four easy steps above to print a label, then drop off or schedule a pickup of your package.

Consider organizing a community used cell phone drive to rally support for our troops. By donating five (5) or more cell phones, you can take advantage of Big Sky Recycling’s offer of a free prepaid shipping label. This is a fantastic opportunity to unite your community in a shared mission, making it easy and rewarding to contribute to a worthy cause. 

Big Sky Recycling is a national organization and accepts cell phone donations from every state. Thankfully, donating your old cell phones to support our soldiers is incredibly convenient, with drop-off locations as accessible as your local USPS. Don’t want to leave your house? No problem, you can schedule a pickup of your package via USPS. Learn more about shipping on our FAQ page.

You can send all makes and models of cell phones, smartphones and iPhones, including cell phone charging cables. We also accept iPads, tablets and e-readers. At this time, we are NOT able to accept computers or computer accessories, landline/home phones, cable boxes or other home electronics.

Print a Shipping Label

SelfPaid Shipping
(1-4 Phones)

Help us by paying for shipping. This allows us to make a larger impact and provide more to charity.

PrePaid Shipping
(5+ Phones)

If you donate five (5) or more cell phones, Big Sky Recycling will provide a free prepaid shipping label.

Who We Support

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Fisher House

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Guide Dog Foundation

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Team Rubicon

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Gary Sinise Foundation