The RE:MOBILE recycling process
All phones that are donated to RE:MOBILE are sent to SwapKit in Auckland.
Swapkit sorts through the phones and divides them into two groups:
- Phones for recycling: These are phones that don’t work, are broken or are really old.
- Phones for refurbishment: These are phones which still work well and can be reused.
Mobile phones in working order have their data wiped from them. This is either done manually by performing a factory reset or by using the MobiCode erasing system. The phones are then sold to businesses that specialise in the re-sale of second-hand mobile phones in places such as Hong Kong, China and Eastern Europe.
Over 95 percent of the materials in a mobile phone are recovered when they are recycled.
Fun fact: Did you know the medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are going to be made from recycled mobile phone?
Find out how to recycle your mobile phone