Planet Ark News

Give Your Old Tech a New Life

Date: 04-Dec-14
Author: Brad Gray

If you get a new phone this Christmas - remember to recycle your old handset! © Ryan Collins

If you get a new phone this Christmas - remember to recycle your old handset!

With global sales figures for smartphones, tablets and PCs projected to reach 2.4 billion devices for 2014, the environmental impact of our electronic waste is significant.

Technology has become ubiquitous, especially portable devices like mobile phones, tables and laptops.  If you're like most Australians you probably use one to keep in contact with friends and family, to work, to get directions, to share information, to study, to settle trivia arguments and much more. 

Of course, tech companies are hoping for a bumper Christmas by tempting you to upgrade your devices with one of the many new products on the market.

The increasing prevalence of these devices makes finding responsible recycling options even more important. Producer responsibility programs like MobileMuster for phones , ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' for inkjet and toner cartridges and TechCollect for TVs and computers help ensure that the non-renewable resources embedded in electronics are responsibly reclaimed. 

Our friends at MobileMuster accept all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories for recycling, working with partners like mobile phone retailers, local councils and Australia Post to collect phones from the general public, businesses, schools, councils and government agencies. Each and every mobile received is dismantled and recycled ethically, and any data left on the handset is destroyed through the recycling process.

Organisations like not-for-profit TechCollect operate under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, and accept tablets as well as laptop computers, PCs and accessories, which are recycled responsibly.

Batteries are another electronic item common at Christmas, as they are used to power new toys, cameras and gadgets. Buying rechargeable batteries and chargers can be a great way to lessen the impact of single-use batteries, which can be recycled at Aldi and Battery World stores.



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