Mobile phones recycling

Vodafone will tomorrow launch a nationwide mobile phone handset recycling project.

The public will be able to deposit old mobile phones and accessories at Vodafone's stand at the Trade Fair tomorrow and at any Vodafone outlet from Wednesday.

All the proceeds raised from this project will be donated to YMCA Valletta. For every item deposited, customers will get a Vodafone give-away.

When people buy new mobile phones they discard the old one by either dumping it in landfills or leaving it at home. Vodafone said that dumping old mobile phones, chargers, batteries and other accessories in landfills caused pollution through emissions of greenhouse gasses and other environmental pollutants such as CFCs and HFCs.

Under the banner Save The Environment For Our Children - Recycle Your Mobile Phone, the handsets and accessories collected will be recycled and could also be reused.

"Vodafone is conducting this project through Fonebak, a handset-recycling scheme operated by recycling partners Shields Environmental," Vodafone brand manager Alison Bezzina said.

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