Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phones
Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phone
cooperation with TERI- The Energy and Resource Institute to support awareness raising at
schools. In Singapore as part of Nokia’s Environmental Conservation initiative - Recycle A
Phone, Adopt A Tree Program- students from Temasek Polytechnic got a change to
participate in a field trip to WWF re-forestration site Rinjani Forest in Lombok Island,
Indonesia that Nokia is sponsoring. Wild Ocean is a nature film that in the USA has helped
Nokia to spread the sustainability message for school groups. A Wild Ocean education
campaign was launched utilizing Nokia-branded educator guides and activity posters
available for schools.
Cooperation with universities and researchers can also be wide ranging. In Mexico Eco Rally
2010 was a two day recycling event at the Technical University of Monterrey. During the two
days not only thousand items were collected for recycling but also a workshop with students
was arranged to raise environmental awareness. Nokia is also a member of United Nation
University SteP (Solving the E-waste Problem) initiative. One of the SteP activities is an annual
E-waste Summer School with post graduate participants from all over the world looking to
find solutions on how to manage e-waste in their countries. To take a totally new perspective
for recycling, Nokia together with an environmental design office S.E.O.S have organized two
“Phone Liberation” workshops. These workshops have collected engineering, industrial
design and economics students in Espoo Finland and in Shanghai China to brainstorm
improvements for phone recycling. The second workshop was done in cooperation with Aalto
University and Tongii University who hold a summer school program on public
transportation. The purpose of this workshop was to innovate how recycling can be done in
public transportation environment. An example of the ideas on how to communicate recycling
in public media is shown in the figure 9. In the idea an old mobile phone is exchanged with the
access ticket to public transport, e.g underground or train.
Fig. 9. Mobile phone used as an access ticket to public transportation
Related links:

Your child’s first smartphone
Recycle Your Cell Phone
Mobile telephone history
The First Mobile Phone with a Built-In Camera
What to do with your old phones across Europe
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