The annual mountain of 15 million mobile phones scrapped because their users upgrade to newer models is being tackled with a new recycling scheme. Customers will be encouraged by retailers and service providers to return their old phones under a programme called Fonebak, launched on September 24. The BBC reports that this is the first collaboration between mobile phone network operators and retailers which has the backing of the government. It comes ahead of legislation in two years time when manufacturers will have to account for the recycling of all mobiles.
Shields Environmental will recycle the handsets and tell each phone company what has happened to the old handsets. Some will be sold to developing countries while others will be broken down. Toxic metals and plastics will be disposed of safely. Nickel will be turned into saucepans, batteries or irons, Copper from circuit boards will be used for plumbing. Plastics will be granulated and converted into traffic cones. Currently, only 10% of electrical goods are recycled in the European Union. About 45 million people in the UK own mobile phones.
Last year a Scottish-based recycling company began a scheme to collect old mobiles from across the country. Eurosource, in Falkirk, planned to sell to African countries with poor landline telecommunications. And separately the charity Oxfam began an appeal for old mobiles to raise money for charitable causes.
For more information, visit the website: http://www.fonebak.com/
|Ano da Publicação:||2002|
|Fonte:||Warmer Bulletin Enews #35-2002|
|Autor:||Kit Strange - Editor, Warmer Bulletin|
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