Recycling handphones

Recently, in my Environmental Chemistry & Chemodynamics presentation, I took part in a slideshow regarding lead pollution. While doing research on the mitigation measures of this issue, I realised that not only plastic bottles, glass, aluminium can, and scrap steel are being recycled, but handphones as well! (OK, maybe I’m just too ‘Sakai’. Lol).

Nokia have just started their used handphone recycling program. In the United Arab Emirates, Nokia launched this program in May 2009, while Nokia of Boleh-land began it early September. According to Nokia’s survey, a mere 3% of consumers recycle their old handphones.

65–80% of a Nokia device can be recycled and the rest, mainly plastics, can be used as energy in the the recycling process, so nothing needs to be wasted.

If each of the three billion people globally owning mobiles brought back just one unused device we could save 240,000 tones of raw materials and reduce greenhouse gases to the same effect as taking four million cars off the road. By working together, small individual actions could add up to make a big difference

This recycling program has an integrated scheme called NEWtrees. It’s about recycling a phone to adopt a tree. NEWtrees has the collaborative partnership of WWF Indonesia, Nokia and Equinox Publishing. The tree re-planting area is in Lombok, Indonesia. Why not in Malaysia?

NEWtrees will plant a tree in one’s (your) name for every recycled phone (by you). And I like this part! You’ll received an email stating the GPS co-ordinates of its location. You can observe its growth online through GoogleEarth. (Images will be updated every six to nine months)


In Malaysia, there are only four spots to collect the no-longer in use mobile phones (regardless of any brand):

> Nokia Concept Store, Lot T-242B, 3rd Floor, The Gardens, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur / Tel: 03-2284 3929

> Nokia Store, Lot G92, Ground Floor, The Curve, Petaling Jaya / Tel: 03-7725 0396

> Nokia Kiosk, K3, Level 3, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur / Tel: 03-2070 0190

> KTS Cellular, Giant Hypermarket, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong

Here’s something I copied and pasted ‘bulat-bulat’ from nokia webpage:

Did you know?

Tips how to use your mobile device the most energy efficient way:

  • Unplug the charger when the battery is full.
  • Decrease the brightness of your phone’s screen if you wish to use less energy.
  • Set the standby time to the minimum to avoid unnecessary energy consumption.
  • Turn off or disable the sounds you don’t need such as keypad tones. You may also want to adjust the volume of your phone to average level, particularly if you are inside your home or office. Fewer sounds mean you’re using less energy.
  • Turn off functionalities like Bluetooth, WLAN etc. when you’re not using them.
  • Take your no longer needed mobile phone back for recycling. You can find the nearest recycling point at
  • Consider using your mobile device to read emails and browse the internet. Research suggests doing this uses one thirtieth of the energy used by a laptop computer.

Click here, here, and here for more articles.

Is handphones recycling exclusive to Nokia alone? The answer is NO!

Sony Ericsson have rolled out their environmentally friendly policy as well.

More to come on the following post.


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