The garbage mountain of discarded electronic devices grows and grows. In the last 5 years, according to Vodafone, it has skyrocketed by 21 percent worldwide. More than 50 million tons of e-waste are accumulated every year, with a strong upward trend. This gigantic number forces action and Vodafone is now taking a first step towards a greener future.
Vodafone plans to recycle 1 million cell phones
In addition, the Düsseldorf mobile phone provider makes the promise Send more than 1 million old cell phones to the circular economy every year. “For every cell phone sold to private customers, Vodafone Germany puts an old cell phone back into circulation,” says Vodafone. The group includes one for this purpose Partnership with Dutch company Closing the Loopwhich according to Vodafone is the world’s leading provider of e-waste compensation.
In countries without secure recycling structures, the Dutch should ensure that 1 million cell phones are professionally recycled every year. And in Germany, too, Vodafone wants to become more sustainable and promises a longer life cycle and a closed cycle for smartphones. That should ensure optimized repair, re-trade and recycling services.
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Recycling is also good for the economy
Opinion of Kaan Gürayer: An important and correct step that Vodafone is taking here and from which other mobile operators can also learn a lesson. E-waste is not only a problem for people and the environment, but also for the economy. Millions of mobile phones contain valuable raw materials and rare earths that can be returned to the cycle. This is usually cheaper than dismantling from scratch.