Telephones (Landline) See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage & Drains Recycle with E-Waste Never Throw in the Trash 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's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will take back phones and many other home electronics for free; they also offer a trade-in program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a 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. Did You Know? 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.