21 Apr '11, 4pm

Old mobile phones offer \"green\" opportunities

Old mobile phones offer \"green\" opportunities

SINGAPORE : Old mobile phones are opening up a market for new business opportunities. Almost 100 per cent of the materials in mobile phones can be recycled, such as precious metals, plastics and glass. For example, last year, Nokia recycled about 38 tonnes of "e-waste" in the region. Globally, it is estimated that 44 per cent of old mobile phones are lying in drawers at home and not being recycled, providing potential for players to utilise and recycle the resources. In the region, some industry players said that the area with the most participation from consumers coming forward to recycle their phones is Australia, but public participation in Asia is also on the rise. Francis Cheong, senior sustainability manager for Southeast Asia Pacific at Nokia, said: "We started recycling programmes in Asia, some time in year 2000, and over the years, we have actually seen an increas...

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