It can do no harm and potentially a shipload of good for each of us to make a positive carbon footprint difference. Smart recycling of your mobile phone gets cash for you but also reduces the need to mine new metals and saves energy and fossil fuels in the mining and manufacturing process.
Recycling for reuse (Fonebank’s prime directive) also benefits low income people in countries less fortunate than Australia.
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On Saturday Australia goes to the polls. A really important day.
But when it comes to disposal of dangerous and other end of life components in mobile phones, every day is a really important day. We should never forget that much of the stuff in mobile phones either doesn’t break down or is otherwise really damaging to the environment. Consider this…
And remember, really smart mobile phone recycling doesn’t only help avoid harmful landfill, it also leads to product life extension as those phones that can be are refurbished and sold at affordable rates to people, usually in third world countries, who really benefit from the improved communication they get from them.
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At Fonebank we, like some others in the phone recycling industry, aim for zero landfill. It may be harder than you think to make sure that happens right through the chain but you’ve got to keep the pressure on.
Why bother recycling your phone? Well, it’s one of the major landfill polluters if that’s where it ends up. The US has a major problem. Greg Voakes blogs for Forbes and The Huffington Post. As he points out in his Business Insider role – Most people use a cell phone for less than a year, and if those of us planning on buying a shiny new iPhone or Galaxy S3 can be convinced to recycle our old phones, the better off we’ll all be .…The Lesser-Known Facts About E-Waste Recycling – Business Insider news.google.com
Often a barrier to recycling is data security. This is particularly so if you’re wanting to sell your phone so that a refurbisher can re-purpose the phone, say for sale to a needy person in a less fortunate country; there’s that concern about where your data or company’s data may end up.
Factory reset doesn’t really do it. Very often that process does not remove all your own data. At Fonebank Australia you can request that Fonebank erase your data securely, which is done with a very special software set. A certificate of erasure is issued and the process is very safe, an important factor for companies in the finance or insurance sectors or where companies are liable if client personal data is publicly released.
There’s a lot of merit in your old phones being redeployed as aids to business and personal life in third world countries. Secure erasure makes that possibility more readily available.