Nokia is asking its users to recycle their old handsets by offering them a recycling service. The company has cited research, which states that just 10 per cent of people in the United Kingdom recycle their old mobile phones and 17 per cent are unaware of the recycling process itself. The study also revealed that 44 percent of mobile users simply leave their old handsets unused at home and four percent of old handsets are thrown into landfill sites. But, domain experts are of an opinion that up to 80 percent of Nokia mobile phones are recyclable.
Markus Terho, the Director of Environmental Affairs at Nokia, said: "Just 10 percent of people recycle their mobile phones in UK. Though the companies come forward with replacing and recycling offers frequently, they stick to their old ones. Some users are not aware of the recycling itself. Now, we want to improve the statistics and we want more people to use recycling services. We are planning to introduce environmental awareness schemes and we consider it a part of our commitment to environmental responsibility. We include our recycling information in new handsets”.
He went on to explain: "Using the best recycling technology nothing is wasted. Between 65 – 80 per cent of a Nokia device can be recycled. Plastics that can't be recycled are burnt to provide energy for the recycling process, and other materials are ground up into chips and used as construction materials or for building roads. In this way nothing has to go to landfill.”
The biggest challenge is actually getting people to recycle their old mobile phones.