Expert calls for mobile recycling standards

12 March 2009 — 5:00 PM

Older mobile phones do not have to go to landfill

More needs to be done to encourage people to recycle mobile phones confidently, it has been advised.

Industry expert Mark Franklin said this week new standards should be set so consumers are not only aware of the services available, but know they will be helping the environment.

He suggested the sector move towards creating a "zero landfill policy" and emphasised the importance of ensuring any used mobiles which are passed on contain no personal data.

"By implementing these standards, we protect the consumer by removing all data from the devices received … and we protect the environment by ensuring that nothing goes to landfill," Mr Franklin added.

A recent study conducted by Regenersis found that within the month of December 2008, 99 per cent of handsets submitted for recycling contained some form of personal data.

The figure emphasises the importance of removing all contacts, SMS messages, pictures, music, video and other items before trading in used mobiles.

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