Where does your phone go?

Every hour of every day approximately 1712 mobile phones are replaced in the UK alone. That's about 428kgs of potentially harmful landfill created every hour!

By recycling your unwanted handset, you are giving a new lease of life – providing much needed, affordable communications to those who need it most – people in developing countries. Phones that are too old, or beyond economical repair are sent for safe recycling, ensuring that nothing ends up in landfill.

Getting Gambian Farmers the Best Prices for Their Crops
Your phone could go to a farmer in Gambia to ensure they get the best price for their crops. These people have never had any access to communications. Previously, these farmers sold their crops at low prices because they didn’t have access to current market prices. By providing them with mobile phones, they are now able to contact traders to find the best prices for their crops. As a result, their income has increased significantly.

Helping Micro-Entrepreneurs in Asia
Vilma Bautista runs a Sari-Sari store in Manila. She uses her mobile phone to order items such as clothes from warehouses in the local area. Access to a phone means that she doesn’t need to close her shop for days at a time to make the long journey across the city to make the order, and then repeat the trip to pick up the delivery some days later.

Helping Romanian Nurses and Midwives in Ghana Treat Sick Children
Midwives in both Romania and Ghana previously travelled from village to village visiting families with sick children. They would write down the symptoms and travel back to the hospital – often miles away, delaying much needed treatment. Through the provision of affordable handsets, the midwives are now able to call the hospital, speak to a doctor and get a fast diagnosis and treatment.

Keeping African Elephants in Their Habitat
With towns expanding and African elephants losing much of their grazing area they would often travel into farmland and destroy crops. By providing the park rangers and local farmers with handsets, they are able to monitor the movement of the elephants and help keep them away from farmland and within their park.

Providing Affordable Communications to Nigerian Villagers
With only 5% of the population having access to a landline, mobile communications bring instant communications to remote villages where people previously had no way to speak to families, doctors and others outside their village.

Your mobile could become a traffic cone or used to heat a Swedish town
If your phone is too old or beyond repair, it is sent for safe and responsible recycling, ensuring that nothing goes to landfill. The circuit board goes to Sweden where the precious metals are extracted. The heat created during this process is used to heat the local town with virtually no emissions. The metal from your old charger is stripped out and the plastic is used to make things like traffic cones. The nickel from your old battery might be used to make a stainless steel saucepan.

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