Recycle your handphone

Posted on September 23, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-

THE next time you are using the latest electronic gadget, sitting on a bench or unlocking a lock, ever wonder that they could have been derived from one of your old mobile phones.

On the other hand, your unwanted handphone could merely be lying around, gathering dust or taking away space in the drawer.

So, why not recycle your cell phone and do the environment a favour by preventing highly toxic materials from ending up in a landfill.

Old phones, when recycled properly, can yield plastic, metal and rubber parts.

And the parts, in turn, can be transformed into useful items such as kettles, vehicle parts, batteries, medical equipment and even dental fillings.

In fact, some parts like circuit boards can be crushed and processed to extract gold and copper.

“Gold dust extracted can be turned into gold bullion — it takes about 50,000 phones to make a 1kg gold bar,” according to Nokia’s South-East Asia and Pacific senior sustainability manager Francis Cheong.

The uses: Handphone parts and accessories can be recycled into many useful items.

He said Nokia wanted to provide a conve-nient way for Malaysians to give their old phones a new lease of life.

He added that as much as 80% of any Nokia device could be recycled with the plastic parts being used to fuel the recycling process.

“Nothing is wasted.” said Cheong, adding that Nokia takes all brands of used mobile devices and accessories for recycling.

“We support cleanup efforts in public pla-ces, help change consumer mind sets towards greater ecological responsibility and further propagate the positive values of a sustainable lifestyle through the 3Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” he added.

Cheong said Nokia would be playing an active role in helping raise consumer awareness and encouraging people to recycle their old mobile phone and accessories.

Taking the lead in being ecologically responsible, Nokia’s fifth road show to collect unwan-ted handphones and accessories will be held at the International Coastal Cleanup at Pantai Robina, Butterworth, between 6.30am and 11am on Saturday.

There will be a mobile recycling truck where the public can discard their old devices and stand a chance to win a brand new Nokia X3 cell phone in a lucky draw, courtesy of Nokia.

The Nokia X3 is up to 80% recyclable and free of environmentally harmful substances such as bromine, PVC and antimony trioxide.

Nokia will also be giving Eco premiums made from recycled materials to members of the public for every phone recycled.

The campaign is part of the ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang’ initiative co-organised by The Star and the Penang and Seberang Prai municipal councils with support from the state government.


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Recycle Your Phone? It need money to do it.
If You still not need more feature on one brandnew handphone, it is so wise if you keep your old handphone on hand until end.

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