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Mobile phones – one of the most rapidly growing garbage types in EU

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian households keep piles of unused mobile phones – such is the conclusion of the survey performed by MTTC in Baltic States. Two out of three households have at least one or two mobile phones that are no longer used.

54% of respondents said they didn’t know used mobile phones can be handed off for recycling. Because of that, people decide to keep their unused phones at home. Respondents also admitted never giving away phones or other mobile devices to special recycling materials collection stands. «People’s desire to get the latest and most modern phones only increases. This market is very dynamic. Unfortunately, the other side of the coin is that many used phones end up thrown away with the rest of household garbage. We love talking about new technologies and development, but we often forget about old devices and the impact they have on the environment,» says MTTC Latvija mobile phone service centre manager Agnese Meija.

Survey data shows that 64% of respondents where special collection stands are even located. The main reasons why people do not hand over their unused mobile devices for recycling is the lack of information as to where it is possible to do so and the thought that the phone may become useful again someday.

«Although there are several hundred recycling points in Latvia, people simply lack the information about them. Opening MTTC Latvija used mobile devices collection network, we will also realize an information campaign and offer clients money for donated devices. This will improve people’s understanding of such options and motivate them to get rid of unused devices,» says Meija.

Looking at the group of respondents that do sometimes donate their unused devices to recycling points, it can be concluded that most of the time those are large household appliances. 23% of respondents have donated washing machines, television set, refrigerator or some other device at least once. Mobile phones are donated more rarely – only 7% of respondents. The situation is similar with other small devices – hair driers, mixers and others – only 6% of respondents donate them for recycling. This means people most often donate large household appliances to create space for new ones.

Looking toward the future Meija says: «Electrical appliances like computers, television sets, refrigerators and mobile phones form one of the most rapidly growing waste groups in the European Union. Estimates suggest their volume may reach 12 million tonnes in 2020. This means that the volume of gold, iron and other valuable resources and other materials used in phone production and not sent to recycling will increase just as rapidly.»

To motivate people to hand their devices for recycling and increase their responsibility for the state of the environment, MTTC Latvija mobile phone service centre has launched a recycling programme, offering monetary rewards to people who donate unused phones.

MTTC Latvija has branch offices in Riga (Origo, Alfa, Riga Plaza) and Liepaja (Ostmala shopping centre).

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