Technology and recycling 'key to the planet's future'

12 November 2009 — 5:00 PM

Could recycling help save the Earth?

Recycling mobile phones may be a more attractive option for those who consider the comments of one expert to be true.

A spokesman for internet analysis group Datamonitor and technology consultancy Ovum told visitors to the recent Green IT Expo 2009 that electronics have an important role to play in reducing emissions.

Warren Wilson, research director for the companies, explained that the cutting and management of carbon is something that is important for all businesses to consider, but particularly the technology sector.

He added: "We need to address every possibility for cost-effective conservation," adding contributions from those involved with renewables, reforestation and other projects were essential.

"But IT is the key to optimising all of these and pulling all of them together – the secret weapon, if you will, to combating global warming," Mr Wilson said.

Jon Butler, creative brand manager for, commented: "We're very proud to be a part of the global push to cut carbon emissions. This is a vital part of addressing global warming."

"Electrical goods are so often just thrown away because people don't know they can be recycled. So tell your friends and get recycling those phones," he concluded.

More than half a million people visit every month to look at mobile phone recycling which helps contribute to the six tonnes of carbon the company is able to offset every day.

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