Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phone
process, but are costly in terms of reverse logistics and are neither efficient nor safe when
larger volumes or unknown waste is in question. Results from envelope programs have
shown an average of 1.2 handsets per package. This cannot be classified as low
environmental impact in terms of logistics compared to programs where hundreds or even
thousands of handsets can be collected in a single drop off location. However, mail back
programs do offer the consumer the easiest method possible.
Fig. 7. Recycling Bins for mobile phones
Communal waste collection points can be used as take back locations for a wider spectrum
of waste having special containers for mixed e-waste. In these locations there can be
collection for not only different types of e-waste but also other materials such as wood,
metal and glass. This is a cost efficient way of collecting waste materials, and also easy for
people dropping of a different kinds of waste materials at one location.