Archives for the category: Cell Phone Recycling
April 26, 2013
Demand for metals is expected to rise tenfold as emerging economies adopt similar technologies and lifestyles to richer nations.
April 23, 2012
In China, one of the world's largest cell phone markets, a vast "e-waste" problem must be addressed as 100 million cell phones are discarded each year, according to Shangai Daily.
Citing a United Nations report, the paper said e-waste from discarded mobile phones has grown about sevenfold in China since 2007. That volume is expected to increase as phone use rises and the blitz of newer, fancier models on the market makes last year's phones unfashionable.
January 16, 2012
New machines offer eco- and wallet-friendly way to ditch your old technology. USA Today reports.
Drop your phone into the EcoATM, and the machine will pay you what it believes the handset is worth. The cupboard-sized machine has a large touch screen and a big metal "mouth" where you can place your old phone or MP3 player. It takes pictures of the device to figure out what kind of shape it's in. Then, you choose one of the machine's many cables to connect your device. The machine will figure out if the device's internals are working.
December 12, 2011
An electronics mall in Tien Giang Province (Vietnam) has created a Christmas tree using used cell phones to send an environmental message, reports Phapluat via tuoitrenews.vn.
The three which is 4.5 m high and has 32 layers was made from 2,500 used cell phones collected by the mall’s staff since April.
September 19, 2011
Agbogbloshie, just west of downtown Accra, the capitol of Ghana, is one of the places where electronics go to die. Mobile phones, computers, monitors. Some item of value can be scavenged from almost any piece of electronics. The Atlantic reports via @Ken Banks.
The young men who work the dump pull and recycle the metals, particularly copper, out of old electronics. They break down electronics with hammers and hands, mostly to pull out the metals inside of them, which they sell to local businesses.
Read full article.
July 21, 2011
Spotted on CNet, a Nokia's Mobile Man made of used cell phones to promote green living in Asia.
February 13, 2011
Nearly 300 schools across South Africa have already got on board with the Starship School Phone Swap – a new program which helps both the national children’s hospital as well as the schools involved to get valuable resources for their classrooms. [via Scoop Press Release]
Based on the number of phones the school collects, they can ‘cash them in’ for resources – such as Promethean ActivBoard interactive whiteboards, laptops, books, handycams, sports gear and cameras.
Click here for other cell phone recycling programs.
December 1, 2010
MobileMuster, Australia's official recycling program for the cell phone industry, has launched a campaign to help families living in poverty. "Recycle your old phone and we will give ducks to the Ofcam Unwrapped program" says their website.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, "for every two old mobile phones donated for recycling to MobileMuster by the end of January, the not-for-profit organisation will buy one duck for a family in Mozambique".
"One duck can mean the difference between nutritional health and financial security for a family in Mozambique," Oxfam spokesman Leigh Stewart said in a statement on Wednesday.
April 13, 2010
A new incentive to get people to recycle their old cell phones: a free potted plant.
Golden Triangle, a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance the Golden Triangle neighborhoods, is offering flowers for used cell phones.
In their own words: "Drop off a used phone to be recycled at one of the designated locations on April 13 and 14 and you get a free potted flower to take home and a chance to win one of many cool prizes from Golden Triangle businesses."
Other innovative incentives:
April 8, 2010
As part of National Cell Phone Recycling week, the Environmental Protection Agency is working with mobile phone companies to encourage Americans to recycle the 130 million cell phones they discard each year. The EPA says recycling those phones would save energy, cut pollution and even reap gold, silver and copper.
February 25, 2010
San Diego-based ecoATM aims to reduce all that "e-waste" through the use of recycling kiosks - similar to Coinstar vending machines - that calculate the value of an old cell phone's components, and then pays the consumer on the spot in cash or coupons for depositing the device.
November 5, 2009
Mobile phone operator Orange has launched a gadget recycling scheme, reports the BBC.
Under the Recycle and Reward scheme, members of the public can bring their electronic goods to an Orange store and will receive a range of cash rewards.
November 3, 2009
When their useful lifespan is over, just over 6 percent of mobile handsets are refurbished, and about 2 percent are ethically disposed of. But those numbers are predicted to rise over the next five years, according to a study on Green Mobile Phones from ABI Research.
April 5, 2009
A move is on to get the 90 percent of cell phone users who just throw their old phones away to recycle them. The Capital Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency and its e-cycling (electronics recycling) partners have dubbed the week of April 6-12 as National Cell Phone Recycling Week, building momentum for Earth Day on April 22.
February 20, 2009
Flipswap has caome up with a compelling sweetener to convince people to recycle old cell phones and iPods -- free coffee. The company, which already gives consumers cash for old devices, has partnered up with Tully's Coffee Corporation
[via Fast Company]
January 19, 2009
In Sweden, an initiative called Mobile Compost is aimed at taking old mobile phones out of circulation, and cashing in on the precious metals they contain. Deutsche Welle reports.
In the little mobile phone shop in a Stockholm suburb, the walls are dotted with the latest cell-phone models. Large-screen cell phones hang next to conventional keypad phones.
Related article: - Urban miners look for precious metals in cell phones and links to related articles on cell phone recycling in general.
November 22, 2008
According to ReCellular, the Nokia 6010 and the Motorola RAZR V3 have topped one electronics recycling firm's list of the most-recycled cell phones in 2008.
...ReCellular CEO Chuck Newman says that the prevalence of such recent models shows how quickly consumers discard their old electronic devices in favor of newer, faster models.
[via PC World]
November 5, 2008
Consumers replace roughly 18m phones a year, as they upgrade to better handsets, but a mere 20% of discarded phones are recycled, writes The Guardian. But one company is trying to help.
Coolaphone, a collaboration between ethical online shopping portal Coolawarold and recyling experts Regenersis Environmental Services is offering mobile phone users to swap their unwanted handsets for rewards, ranging from magazine subscriptions to digital music downloads, under a new recycling venture launched today.
September 19, 2008
"Nokia has introduced automated kiosks across the central Klang Valley of Malaysia in a bid to encourage people to recycle their mobile phones. cnet News reports.
"As an added incentive for users to recycle their old mobile devices, Nokia will donate a tree for every phone recycled.
Users who recycle their phones can monitor the growth of their trees, as Nokia will provide the coordinates of the tree planted and instructions on how to view the tree via Google Earth. "
September 18, 2008
"The campaign is organized by the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and Lionsgate studio, which hope to spread awareness among the starlets’ fans about how recycling can help lessen CO2 emissions by decreasing the energy needed to create new phones.
The Scarlett Johansson fronted PSA, “Answer the Call!” plays off the poster of her upcoming movie “The Spirit,” which co-stars Eva Mendes.
The PSAs will start appearing in People magazine on Friday, September 19. "
August 26, 2008
Technology Review has a fascinating photo tour of a ReCellular facility, where many of the phones "traded in" for new ones end up.
August 18, 2008
Samsung has been working to come up with more environmentally-friendly phone designs, and at the Beijing Olympics it took the wraps off the new E200 Eco made from sustainable materials.
The phone features a case made from corn-derived bio-plastic, and is packaged in a non-coated recycled paper box. The phone packs a 1.3 megapixel camera as well as MP3-play functionality.
July 8, 2008
A survey carried out by Nokia has reported that only 3% of people recycle their mobile phones despite the fact that most have old devices lying around at home that they no longer want. Cellular News reports.
"Three out of every four people added that they don't even think about recycling their devices and nearly half were unaware that it is even possible to do so.
The survey is based on interviews with 6,500 people in 13 countries including Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Nigeria, India, China, Indonesia and Brazil."
"If all of the three billion people that own mobile phones globally brought back just one unused device, we could save 240,000 tonnes of raw materials and reduce greenhouse gases to the same effect as taking four million cars off the road." -- Markus Terho, Nokia's director of environmental affairs.
Nokia has posted a pair of short videos to help encourage cell phone recycling on Nokia conversations.
April 27, 2008
Thinking of throwing out your old cell phone? Think again. Maybe you should mine it first for gold, silver, copper and a host of other metals embedded in the electronics -- many of which are enjoying near-record prices. Reuters reports.
"It's called "urban mining," scavenging through the scrap metal in old electronic products in search of such gems as iridium and gold, and it is a growth industry around the world as metal prices skyrocket.
The materials recovered are reused in new electronics parts and the gold and other precious metals are melted down and sold as ingots to jewelers and investors as well as back to manufacturers who use gold in the circuit boards of mobile phones because gold conducts electricity even better than copper."
April 13, 2008
Mobile phones made predominantly from recycled components are still several years away, a senior official at Nokia said last week. Markus Terho, a director at Nokia's environmental affairs unit, told a news conference that he expects so called "green phones" will become a "competitive factor," in the future though.
"It's a few years away," Terho said, noting though that recycled materials already accounted for 40-60 percent of the metal components within Nokia's mobile phones.
... Smaller packaging for mobile phones can help. In 2006. Nokia saved around US$160 million on transport and material costs by end of 2007 from that decision."
[via Cellular News]
February 24, 2008
After recent criticism from environmental groups, Apple has decided to polish its green image by offering free recycling both on-line and in stores of CPUs, iPods and mobile phones. They are accepting any brand computer or cell phone, not just Macs and iPhones. And they even pay for the shipping.
There are no conditions about the iPod or phones recycling, but you have to purchase a qualifying Apple computer or monitor in order to receive a free recycling of your old computer and monitor — regardless of the manufacturer.
February 12, 2008
With Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo presenting a short video of the REMADE mobile phone during the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, Raphael Grignani is able to share one of the case-studies addressing sustainability hos team has been working on passionately.
The intent was to create a device made from nothing new.
Watch the video on Nokia's YouTube channel.
February 7, 2008
What happens to a cell phone tossed? That's a question The Secret Life of Cell Phones answers.
This short educational film shows what happens when you throw a phone into a black bin -- as well as what happens when you take just a few minutes to make sure your phone gets refurbished or recycled.
The Secret Life of Cell Phone's just the first of a series of short Secret Life films from INFORM, a NY-based environmental organization. Each Secret Life video will look at what happens to everyday products we all use after we throw them "away." After all, "away" is never really that far away.
[via LA Times Blog]
February 6, 2008
The good news for the environment is that U.S. consumers who bought new mobile handsets in the fourth quarter of 2007 recycled their old phones at double the rate that they did in the third quarter. [via Cellular News]
The bad news for the environment is that even after the rate nearly doubled, only 9.4 percent of those consumers took the recycling option in the fourth quarter, according to data from iSuppli's ConsumerTrak service.
"iSuppli's fourth-quarter survey indicated that while U.S. consumers increasingly are recycling their old handsets, there's still plenty of room for improvement," said Greg Sheppard, chief development officer for iSuppli.
January 13, 2008
A growing international trade in discarded mobile phones is helping the world’s poor. But will it poison the earth? asks The New York Times.
"Cellphones are the most valuable form of e-waste. Each one contains about a dollar’s worth of precious metals, mostly gold. And while single phones house far less hazardous material than a computer — an old, clunky monitor can incorporate seven pounds of lead — their cumulative presence is staggering.
Last year, according to ABI Research, 1.2 billion phones were sold worldwide. Sixty percent of them probably replaced existing ones. In the United States, phones are cast aside after, on average, 12 months. And according to the industry trade group CTIA, four out of every five people in the country own cellphones."