Cellphone

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Education

Cell (mobile) phones, chargers, covers, interchangeable face plates and other accessories.

Cellphones are made of plastic, glass, cobalt, zinc, cadmium, copper, lithium, metallic oxide and other carbon-based materials. Once the raw materials have been extracted from the Earth they are processed to make the materials and components that go into a cellphone. The metals in cellphones also include rare metals of which 97% are mined in China. See battery.

Even back in 2012 cellphones out-numbered people in New Zealand: 5,020,000 cellphones for a population of 4,433,087.

In 2019, the number of mobile phone connections per 100 population in New Zealand was about 122!

Cellphones are recycled into new products such as copper piping and road cones. Plastics recovered from cellphones are recycled into new electronic products, containers, garden furniture, replacement automotive parts, and license plate frames.

Reduce

Only upgrade your cellphone when you really need to.

Reuse

Gift your "old" working phone.

Disassemble your old phone and make it into a wallet or coin purse.

On-sell it.

Recycle

Recycle with RE:MOBILE - a product stewardship programme supported by Resene, 2degrees, Spark and Vodafone and accredited by the Ministry for the Environment. Recycling your phone not only saves valuable materials and energy, it also supports Sustainable Coastlines, a multi-award winning New Zealand charity, which has partnered with RE:MOBILE to collect and recycle used cellphones. The proceeds from these cellphonoes help plant trees alongside our waterways to restore habitats for native animals, reduce sediment and improve water quality. 

Recycle at Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre (fees may apply). 

Before donating a cellphone for recycling, disconnect the phone from any cloud services, remove and keep your SIM card, leave the battery in the phone, ensure the phone is switched off. Some more good information on protecting your data when recycling your phone here from NZ Telecommunications Forum.

Disposal

Please keep from landfill wherever possible.