Telephones (Landline) Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains Recycle with E-Waste Never Throw in the Garbage Landline telephones are made with chemicals and hazardous materials found in circuit boards and batteries. These materials are dangerous when placed in landfills because they can leach into water supplies. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy Recycling Program Best Buy will take back phones and many other home electronics for free recycling. They accept up to three items per day from each household. They also offer a trade-in program for more desired electronics. Find a Best Buy location here. Staples' Take Back Program Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including phones, desktop computers, tablets, monitors and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples. Ways to Reuse Sell or Donate If your old landline is still in good condition, consider donating it or selling it. You can try selling it locally or on eBay, since discontinued phones can be valuable. Did You Know? The History of the Telephone The Problem of E-Waste E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project.