I’ve had my current cellphone — a Sony Ericsson K700i — for some time now. I thought about upgrading last year, but after looking at what was available at a reasonable price decided I really liked this one.
In the past I’ve sold my old cellphones on TradeMe, but apparently I could have handed them in for re-use or recycling: Both Vodafone and Telecom
… have schemes in place to recycle cellphones, but say more people should use them. … the phones can either be refurbished for use in developing countries, or the components recycled for use in other products.
I’ve just had a long look at the Vodafone website, and eventually found the page about recycling a cellphone.
Once collected, we keep your mobile at a secure storage facility before being sent to Shields Environmental plc — the world leader in mobile recycling. There they are refurbished for reuse, or recycled to become things like traffic cones, bin liners, buckets, coasters or copper pipes. Alternatively, if your mobile is in good condition it might be refurbished instead, and sent to a third world country to help people communicate, run their businesses and stay connected to the world.