Recycling mobiles for cleaner beaches

Practice manager Caro Richards and director Denise Arnold. Photo: Supplied.

Lyon O’Neale Arnold is helping to save the planet, one mobile phone at a time.

The Tauranga law firm’s Willow Street office is a collection point for RE:MOBILE - New Zealand’s only accredited mobile phone recycling scheme, and they’re urging people to donate any unwanted phones to help clean up our beaches and waterways.

Managed by the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum, RE:MOBILE collects and recycles unwanted mobile devices in partnership with 2degrees, Spark, Vodafone and SwapKit, contributing a share of profits to the charity Sustainable Coastlines.

Sustainable Coastlines, which last year collected over 80 tonnes of waste from beaches and planted around 20,000 native trees beside waterways, has dedicated the month of June to ‘World Environment 2018’, with an emphasis on recycling mobile phones.

Phones received are graded and have their data and SIM cards removed and destroyed. Those that can still be used are refurbished and sold as low-cost handsets to places like Africa and Asia, while the remainder are broken down and recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

Last year RE-MOBILE collected 101,630 unwanted devices, saving over 11,000 tonnes of hazardous waste from going to landfill.

All makes and models of mobile phones are accepted, regardless of condition.