Yes really, your old phone is worth money! That 'old fridge' of yours contains even more gold than gold ore. Yet we often toss our old phone in the back of a drawer without thinking about it (because: handy, right, such a spare phone?). Only to find out a few years later that it's still there. And maybe end up in the garbage can after all. A shame, we at Nowa think.
Worldwide, at least eighty percent of the annual mountain of e-waste ends up in landfills. Not only a shame, but also very bad for the environment. And that while it is only a small effort to hand in your phone.
Old phone? Here's what you can do with it:
A phone that still works is best given away to friends or family or sold to a private individual in the Netherlands. There are phone companies that sell returned phones in Africa, for example, and in return take back a broken phone that is recycled in an environmentally friendly way in Europe.
Have it repaired
Your old phone really isn't trash right away when something breaks. In many cases you can simply have your phone repaired. The rule for smartphones is that repair is better for the environment than replacement. The production of new smartphones consumes much more energy than their use. Moreover, new rare materials are constantly needed to meet the great demand for phones worldwide. The extraction of these materials is often very bad for people and the environment. So think twice before you immediately buy a new one.
Have it recycled
Is your old phone beyond repair? Then don't throw it in the garbage, but hand in your broken phone at a collection point or the environmental site. Many raw materials (such as the silver and gold we use to make our jewelry) can be reused. Check on afvalscheidingswijzer.nl where you can hand in your old phone.
What happens to your old phone?
When you have handed in your phone at a collection point, the parts that can still be used are taken out. Think of a camera, speaker or battery. They can still be used for another device. Then the phone goes through a kind of pulverizer. Magnets pull the metal parts from the flow of parts on the conveyor belt. These are mainly in the battery, circuit board and SIM card (if it is still in there). All the plastic and rubber are then filtered out as well. The pieces of metal and plastic are then melted down at high temperatures to create new materials. These can then be used to make new products.
So don't let your devices dust in a drawer. Your old phone is worth money! Read here how.