Top Dollar Mobile NZ: Recycling Your Old Mobile Phone
Top Dollar Mobile NZ
Recycling Your Old Mobile Phone
Every year, approximately 2.3 million phones become obsolete or are no longer in used in New Zealand. Of these 2.3 million, approximately 14% are discarded, meaning 320,000 phones going to landfill every year. The majority of the remainder sit around unused and gathering dust. Discarded mobiles contain toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and beryllium. This is a major concern as the metals can leach into groundwater, causing significant environmental damage. However, the good news is that there are several great options for dealing with unused mobile phones in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial way.
Reuse of Mobile Phones
In Europe, approximately 75% of unwanted phones are reconditioned and sent to developing countries. However, in New Zealand, the numbers are a lot lower. There are substantial benefits to be gained by reconditioning phones and sending them to developing countries. Access to traditional landline phones in these countries is usually poor, but there are mobile networks present. That means a supply of cheap, used phones from developed countries gives people access to telecommunications where they may not otherwise have it.
As a result of this, old phones that may be useless to you can be turned into cash. Top Dollar Mobile provides a service to encourage New Zealanders to have their phones reconditioned and reused, rather than disposing of them to landfill. They’ll pay you a great rate for your unwanted phone, refurbish it if necessary, then ship it to a developing country, allowing someone access to a cheap and operational mobile phone. Top Dollar Mobile also have a donation agreement, ensuring that a portion of the revenue from each phone they process goes to World Vision, you can be sure that everyone will benefit.
Recycling Mobile Phones
As Top Dollar Mobile adheres to the WEEE Directive, any phones that can’t be sent for reuse in developing countries are recycled instead. It is actually possible to recycle approximately 90% of the components of mobile phones, including copper from chargers, plastic covers from handsets, circuit boards with recoverable gold, silver and zinc, and many more components. With all the materials that can be extracted, recycling 1 million mobile phones could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking almost 1400 cars off the road for 1 year. To demonstrate their complete commitment to environmental protection, the team at Top Dollar Mobile use 100% recyclable material for all their packaging and letters.
To help yourself with a bit of cash for your old phone, reduce the amount of electronic waste going to landfills and to help people in poorer countries, contact Top Dollar Mobile, or find out how you can sell mobile for recycling now.