Do Oxfam shops take old mobile phones?


If you have a cell phone that you no longer use, you can now exchange it for seeds, school books, water cans, tools and resources needed to improve the lives of people in the poorest countries.

If you have an old cell phone and you want to donate it to Oxfam Intermón, download the prepaid label to send it for free. Stick the label on the envelope and deliver the envelope with the cell phone to a Correos y Telégrafos post office.

If you are an individual, company, school or organization and wish to donate 30 or more mobiles, you can call 902 929 605 to request a free collection. You will only need to attach the pre-franchise label.


For the most environmentally conscious, no doubt. The idea is to donate your old cell phone without obtaining a monetary benefit. Cell phones contain various components that are difficult to biodegrade and are also highly polluting. Therefore, recycling it in an altruistic way is the best option for the planet in general.

In general, the most dangerous component, the battery, is first separated from the rest of the components. Once this is done, the electronic circuit elements are broken down and new materials are obtained for the manufacture of new devices. The same happens with the chargers of our old cell phones. In the following ComputerHoy video you can see the process in detail:

There are organizations that are dedicated to the recycling of electronic devices and they also pay you for it. Depending on the model you want to recycle, they will pay you one amount or another. This is a way to encourage people to recycle their old mobile devices.

Donation of cell phones

One of the first charity stores was set up by the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind (now called the Beacon Center for the Blind ) in 1899 to sell goods made by blind people to raise funds for the Society. [1] During World War I, there were several fundraising activities, such as a bazaar in Shepherd Market, London, which raised £50,000 for the Red Cross.

However, it was during World War II that the charity store became widespread. The Edinburgh University Settlement opened its ‘Thrift Shop for All’ in Nicholson Place, Edinburgh in 1937; the Red Cross opened its first charity store at 17 Old Bond Street, London, in 1941. During the war, over two hundred ‘permanent’ Red Cross gift stores and some 150 temporary Red Cross stores were opened. A condition of the store license issued by the Board of Trade was that all goods offered for sale were gifts. Purchase for resale was prohibited. Total proceeds from sales had to be transferred to the Duke of Gloucester’s Red Cross or St. John’s Fund. Most of the premises were loaned rent-free and, in some cases, the owners also met the costs of heating and lighting.

Selling old cell phones

What should we do with these phones that we no longer use? Never throw them in the organic waste because they contain highly polluting materials and also because cell phones and electronic devices (e-waste) have value in themselves. Well treated we could consider them not waste because they are electronic equipment or parts thereof, which can be reintroduced into the market for reuse or can be recycled to recover the materials. Almost everything can be used from a cell phone, up to 90% of its components are recyclable. They contain materials such as lead, copper, aluminum, gold and various types of plastics, glass and cables, and considering the value of metals currently on the market, it is understandable to understand the proliferation of projects that have emerged for the recovery of disused phones. Currently, there are options for all tastes…Delivery at Authorized Points.

The system is as follows: The user deposits it in front of a display and the artificial intelligence system makes a visual inspection to identify the model; then you have to plug it in (with 23 different possible connectors) to make the diagnosis of its operation and connect it to your network. The system then determines the market value of the device – based on previous offers from thousands of potential buyers and taking into account each model and the condition of the equipment – and offers a price to the user. If the user agrees with the amount, he accepts and receives the money, just like at an ATM. Before that, however, the user is offered the possibility of donating all or part of the money to a charity. The whole process takes just a few minutes. Three quarters of the phones that have entered these “kiosks” have found a second home.Solidarity donation