Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Who keeps their old mobile phones?


According to a recent survey, Australians do. We keep up to 16million old, unused and broken mobile phones.

I think keeping a backup makes sense, however, at least a third of the phones kept don't even work.

The report "Australia: A Nation of Hoarders" has some interesting facts;
  • More than 90% of a mobile phone can be recycled, including the battery and charger

  • The recycled product can be used to produce plastic fences, stainless steel, and new batteries

  • For every tonne of phones recycled 1.1 tonne of greenhouse gases will be emitted, over 11.8 tonnes emitted when using raw materials to make new products. That's up to 90% reduction in future greenhouse gases for the environment.

To recycle - either use a free recycling satchel from Austalia Post outlets, or drop off your phones at stores including Telstra, 3, Vodafone, Virgin mobile, Crazy John's. Or visit http://www.mobilemuster.com.au/

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