Mobile phone recycling

Together for a better ecological balance: Handyrecycling with with AfB, Telefonica Germany and NABU. We provide boxes to collect used devices.

Mitarbeiter von AfB reparieren Smartphones aus der Handysammlung

Refurbishing mobile phones saves valuable resources. Picture: AfB gGmbH

Box for used mobile phones

Recycling of mobile phones protects the environment. Photo: AfB gGmbh

Mobile phones contain important raw materials in a very small space

Old mobile phones have to be disposed professionally in order not to endanger the environment and to recover valuable raw materials. This is why AfB, together with Telefónica Germany and NABU, has initiated the collection of mobile devices that are no longer needed.

According to a representative survey by the digital association Bitkom, around 124 million functioning mobile phones are laying unused in German households. AfB, Telefónica Deutschland, the Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) and other partners are working together to ensure that functioning mobile phones are refurbished and reused. Used equipment that cannot be remarketed is recycled professionally and ecologically.

 

Refurbishment in the sense of the circular economy is best

 

The professional refurbishment of smartphones ("refurbishment") results in enormous savings of greenhouse gases and resources. The Fraunhofer Institute confirms that "by refurbishing a smartphone, about 14 kg of resources and 58 kg of CO2-equivalent greenhouse gases can be saved. (Source: Greenhouse gas and resource savings through reuse of smartphones and tablets, by Dr. Daniel Maga et al. in Müll und Abfall, 5/18)

The AfB deletes the data on the functioning mobile devices using a certified process and, if possible, prepares them for remarketing. All other devices are mechanically destroyed and handed over to a melting business in Europe for resource recovery. The processes for the disposal of disused equipment are subject to annual monitoring.

 

Mobile phone recycling protects the environment and resources

 

"Mobile phones contain raw materials in very high concentrations," explains Sabine Lemke from NABU. In mobile phones, for example, one finds cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, wolframite and gold - so-called "conflict minerals", which are not only valuable, but are usually also mined under questionable conditions in Asia or Africa. During further processing, for example into printed circuit boards and chips, toxic chemicals can get into the groundwater.

So the more mobile phones can be remarketed or recycled, the better for the environment.

Order the collection box for mobile phone recycling here!

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