Knowing what to do with an old cell phone has become easier in France, where people can now mail them for free to be recycled or repackaged for sale by a charity group.An estimated 50 to 110 million phones are languishing in drawers across the country as recycling options aren’t always straightforward and many people fear the personal data they store is still accessible.
Ecosystem, the NGO behind the project, said people can order a prepaid envelope on its website jedonnemontelephone.fr (I give my phone) or simply print a prepaid address label.
The phones are sent to a processing center where all data is erased before the phone is reconditioned to be sold in Emmaüs charity shops, i.e. in the majority of cases (83%) broken down for recycling and disposal of the most common components. pollutants.
Ecosystem announced Monday that it plans to distribute 100 refurbished phones of the program during each of the 35 stages of this year’s Tour de France cycling race which begins on August 29.
The project is an extension of the not-for-profit organization’s main electronics recycling programs that aim to keep appliances and other devices out of incinerators or landfills.
In June, it collected a record 62,000 tonnes of material as people cleaned their homes after two months of coronavirus lockdown.
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