NTT Docomo and am/pm Japan are going to begin equipping convenience stores with cellphone recycling bins, so that people can recycle their unwanted handsets. The recycling bins handle all makes and models and are designed to prevent theft.
According to the Pink Tentacle, via MYCOM, Japan’s wireless providers have been recycling unwanted phones in their own stores since 1998. But that hasn’t been working as well lately:
In recent years, however, more and more customers are waiting to recycle their old handsets, as phones have grown more sophisticated and hold greater amounts of important data that users need to access after switching models. Most users eventually decide to dispose of their phones, though, so NTT is hoping they will make use of these recycling bins, which will initially be set up at eight convenience stores in central Tokyo.
In 2005, NTT apparently harvested 37,993 kg (42 tons) of copper and 145 kg (320 pounds) of gold from old phones.
Source: “Cellphone Recycling Bins at Tokyo Convenience Stores,” Pink Tentacle 06/22/07.
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