Surprisingly, there are only 3 percent of global mobile phones being recycled, while the rest ended up leaking toxic metals or hard to recycle plastic material being dump into the landfills.

This unique, first of its kind ecoATM is the first phone recycling kiosk that appears in United States, and the ecoATM kiosk will automatically pay those who throw in their used or minorly damaged mobile phone into the ecoATM for some cash money.


Call it a barter, but what if everyone have a growing interest in throwing their damaged or used cell-phones into ecoATM for years to come? Do you think recycling business is something worth to deal with?

EcoATM is built with 4,000 plus database about cellphone handsets, all you have to do is connecting your phone with the appropriate cable on the ecoATM machine, and it will automatically test your phone’s electronics and analyze the LCD screen condition, whether it is cracked or has minor cosmetic damage. The kiosk will automatically erase or zap all your personal data, including all inbox, sent messages and phonebook data.


Afterward, ecoATM kiosk will evaluate your phone values and roll out considerable amount of cash to reward your effort for taking your phone into the ecoATM recycling kiosk.


ecoATM at Westfield Mall in Mission Valley, San Diego, shoppers can now recycle their cellphones for cash.

Photo Courtesy: ecoATM

1. Shops @ Mission Viejo
555 Shops @ Mission Viejo
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Kiosk located at main elevator
near Food Court Entrance

2. Westfield North County Fair
272 East Via Rancho Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
ecoATM located in center of mall
near 2nd floor escalators.

3. Westfield Horton Plaza
324 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
ecoATM in courtyard in front of Macy’s.

4. Westfield UTC
(University Town City)

4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
ecoATM kiosk is located in the
food court next to Rubios.

5. Microsoft Corporate Campus
NE 40th St @ 150th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Kiosk located in Microsoft Commons
next to AT&T and Verizon Stores.
Only accessible to Microsoft employees
and their invited guests.

6. Westfield Plaza Camino Real
2525 El Camino Real #100
Carlsbad, CA 92008
ecoATM on 2nd floor near Macy’s entrance.

7. Westfield Plaza Bonita
3030 Plaza Bonita Rd.
National City, CA 91950
Near the escalators on the second floor
adjacent to the food court and movie theaters.

8. Nebraska Furniture Mart
700 South 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68114

9. Westfield Parkway
415 Parkway Plaza
El Cajon, CA 92020
ecoATM near foodcourt and
Verizon store kiosk.

10. Westfield Mission Valley
1640 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego CA 92108
ecoATM located in the Food Court
next to Macy’s Home Furniture

11. Nebraska Furniture Mart
1601 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66111

So far, there have been 33,000 phones with growing numbers of used or damaged cellphones being recycled at 11 ecoATMs located at U.S and Nebraska area.

Average payout per handset is at USD9, while ecoATM is planning to launch up to 500 kiosks in 2012 with acceptance of more variety of electronics.

[ Source: UberGizmo ; Popsci ; Greenopost ; TurboSquid ; Earth911 ; ecoATM ]