Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 2, 2013

1 Min Read
Sims Recycling Starts Cell Phone Buyback Service

Sims Recycling Solutions has launched an online service to buy back cell phones.

The West Chicago-based Sims said in a news release it has started Zombie Phone, which allows individuals to sell their used phones and receive a payment from Sims.

The phones received will be processed at Sims Recycling’s West Chicago plant. The phones either will be resold or dismantled. With dismantled phones, the reusable components will be recovered and all remaining materials recycled.

Visitors to Zombie Phone enter their phone information and get a payment offer.  If the consumer accepts the offer they get an envelope or shipping label to send the phone to Sims for free.

Sims will check all the phones it receives to make sure they weren’t lost, stolen or blocked. Those resold will undergo secure data erasure.

Of the 141 million mobile devices available for recycling, only 11.7 million were collected, said Steve Skurnac, Sims Recycling president.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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