Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phones
Post-Consumer Waste Recycling and Optimal Production
Fig. 8. Recycling envelope for mobile phone
4.2.1 Case India
Nokia started its take-back and recycling program in India in 2008 with the key objective of
raising consumer awareness on recycling of mobile devices and making it easy for
consumers to recycle. Before the project could be started there was a need to build up a
collection infrastructure, after that the following steps were awareness rising by using a
variety of media and incentivizing consumers for recycling. The main challenge in starting
the recycling program in India was a low level of environmental awareness amongst the
consumers and among trade partners and retailers. This meant in practice that there was no
existing recycling infrastructure (collection places and recycling companies) in place and
information on e-waste recycling was also not available. In addition there was no regulatory
framework or policies on e-waste management and roles of different stakeholders were not
Recycling program was initiated by laying out recycling infrastructure across India.
Building up an infrastructure for phone collection included the following:
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