Mobile phones already outnumber people, yet manufacturers plan to produce over 1 billion phones this year alone1 – that’s a brand-new phone for 1 in every 8 people in the world! What many of us don’t realise when we move on to the next phone, is that if we don’t properly dispose our old ones they could end up in landfill, often far from home.
E-waste is a growing global problem. We generate around 40 million tons of electronic waste every year, worldwide – that’s like throwing out 800 laptops every second1. A large part of global electronic waste does not end up at recycling centers, but in landfill in developing countries.
That’s why we do more than recycling phones here in Australia. Our recycling partner collects old mobile phones destined for landfill in Africa and ships them to Europe to be responsibly recycled. The process can recover up to 90 to 95% of various metals such as gold, silver and copper from the phones, so that they can be reused to manufacture new products.
We will collect one phone destined for landfill for every phone on a nu subscription.