Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is teaming up with Eco-Cell to help our community recycle unwanted small handheld electronic devices. Handheld electronics are pervasive in society today. Obtaining the raw materials necessary to make these devices damages the environment. Recycling these items is a positive step toward reducing the negative impacts to the environment without giving up our much-needed cell phones.

Who is Eco-Cell?

Eco-Cell is a family owned and operated business based in Louisville, Kentucky. They work with zoos, nature centers, schools and many other organizations to collect and recycle cell phones, other handheld electronic devices, and accessories. When organizations send small handheld electronic devices to Eco-Cell, they return the favor by paying that organization for each item. Eco-Cell has been successfully recycling small electronics for over a decade with organizations across the United States and Canada. They have contracts with certified recyclers to ensure that the devices are recycled properly and in the most eco-friendly way possible.
  To learn more about Eco-Cell, click here .

Devices Accepted

The following items are accepted for recycling:
  • Cell phones
  • Smart phones
  •  iPods/iPads
  • Portable MP3 players/discmans/walkmans
  •  Gameboys
  • Digital cameras
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Accessories for any of the above

Personal Data

Before you drop-off your device, please wipe all personal data. Shangri La and Eco-Cell are not responsible for personal data left on any electronic device turned in for recycling. For advice on removing data, go to Consumer Reports at:

Devices NOT Accepted

  • Items that are not accepted include, but are not limited to the following:
    • TVs
    • Laptop computers, wireless routers, CD players
    • Desktop computers (towers or monitors)
    • Stereos
    • Appliances (including but limited to stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning units)

How will Eco-Cell help Shangri La?

Shangri La will use the proceeds from recycled items to support its environmental education programs. Eco-Cell pays between $.50 and $15 per item, depending on the condition.

What can YOU do?

Next time you visit, bring your handheld electronics to Shangri La. You can drop them off at the Admissions window when you purchase your ticket or show your membership.

Current Eco-Cell School Challenge

Shangri La brought the Eco-Cell Challenge to the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District. West Orange Stark Elementary is facing off with West Orange Stark Middle School to see which school can recycle the most handheld electronics. The challenge started in October and will be completed on May 1.