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Norwegians break mobile phone recycling record

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 09:25:04

The collaborative effort of sports groups from across Norway has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding via mobile phone recycling, according to Reuters.

More than 61,000 used handsets were collected by the various clubs in order to set a national record, because in the entirety of 2010 just 35,000 mobile phones were recycled nationwide.

The process of collecting the old phones and encouraging people to donate them is ongoing and Olympic spokesperson, Borre Rognlien, said that this initial push for recycling is only the first step in an ongoing initiative.

Each of the 500 clubs involved has until the end of this month to collect as many mobile phones as possible and the equivalent of around £225,000 has already been raised, with much more to come if Norwegians continue to give generously.

This kind of mobile phone recycling drive shows just how easy it is to get people to part with their ageing handsets if you simply ask them and alert them to the fact that there is residual value in even the most ancient of models.

In the UK, mobile network provider O2 is currently attempting to break the world record for mobile phone recycling and so you can get involved if you want to raise cash for charities operating closer to home.

When you sell your old phone online many recycling companies will give you the option to donate the value of your handset to a good cause if you see fit, so rather than gathering dust in a draw or attic you can convert your unwanted mobile into a power for good.

It is often necessary for people to collectively call for mobile phone recycling to be carried out in order to raise awareness and you will see many more projects like this in the coming years.




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