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What happens to your old mobile phone?


The majority of devices which Swapkit collects are shipped to developing countries. Here they are refurbished and sold for reuse on second-hand markets. In these countries new electronics are not easily affordable so there's a great demand for second hand models.

A small percentage of the devices which Swapkit collects are unsuitable for reuse. These mobiles are broken down into their individual parts. Precious metals which the mobile contains are recovered and reused in place of virgin metals and plastic casings are melted down for reuse.

How does this help the environment?

In environmental terms, the activity of reusing our manufactured goods is a high priority and forms one third of the globally accepted guideline to protect our planet: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". More specifically, reuse of electronic devices helps our planet in the following ways

   * By recycling our electronic devices we reduce the amount of waste discarded in landfill sites. This not only reduces the amount of waste which each community must handle, but also protects potentially dangerous chemicals from seeping into our soil and water.

* Reuse of electronic devices means less manufacturing which reduces our global greenhouse emissions - it is estimated that up to 50kg of CO2 is used during the manufacture of one mobile phone. Reuse also conserves precious metals such as gold and silver which are mined for the manufacture of these devices.

Statistics

To date, Swapkit have refurbished, reused and resold over a 743,509 mobile phones. And saved over 31,000 Kilos of used mobile phones that would otherwise have ended up as waste in landfill sites across New Zealand. Swapkit and TCF New Zealand's goal is to bring this target over 1million mobile units and save over 15tones of waste mobile phones by the end of 2014.

statisctics

Statistics

To date Swapkit have refurbished, reused, and resold over 743,509 mobile phones. This continued campaign has saved over 31,000 Kilos of used mobile phones that would otherwise have ended up as waste in landfill sites across New Zealand. Swapkit and the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF), have a goal of bringing this target to over 1 million mobile handsets by the end of 2014. These 1 million handsets will save over 15 tons of waste from entering landfill.