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article imageMexican operators recycled 350,000 phones in a year

By James Walker     Jun 30, 2014 in Environment
A program formed collectively by the Mexican mobile phone operators in October 2013 has enabled the recycling of nearly 350,000 used mobile phones in the country to date, it has emerged today.
Telcel, Telefonica Mexico, Iusacell and Nextel launched the Green Program in partnership with phone manufacturers and formed 335 collection sites for phones across the country. In its first year, 347,715 mobile phones have been recycled through the program with an additional 46.7 tons worth of batteries, cables and chargers being processed.
The announcement highlights a current general trend by people worldwide who often aim to recycle or sell their mobile devices after replacement instead of leaving them drawers forevermore. You can sell your phone and have it recycled back into the environment simply and easily through online services who regularly pay competitive prices for two-year old devices, components of which can often be reused in new handsets.
There are reported to be 105 million mobile phone users in Mexico who generate around 400,000 tons of electrical waste each year. Generally, phones are replaced by consumers every 18 months and the mobile phone companies are now actively showing that they would like customers to throw their old handsets into recycling bins after this period.
The Green Program's aim for its next year of operating is to double the number of recycled devices it receives. It thinks it can do this by gaining more unity between the different companies contributing to the program to create a more formalised approach to the project enabling more waste devices to be processed, recycled and reused as the old phones in other countries gather dust in drawers.
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