You can probably name a long list of items that can be recycled – milk bottles, tin cans, glass jars, cardboard…. but would you think to add your mobile phone to that list? What about other tech items? 

Not only can mobile phones be recycled, it is very important that they don’t end up in landfill.  

When you recycle your mobile phone with RE:MOBILE, over 95% of the materials in your mobile phone can be extracted and used again in other items such as jewellery and electronics. This reduces the need for new materials to be mined and manufactured, and it also keeps hazardous materials out of landfill. 

Recycling your mobile phone with RE:MOBILE is simple, although it not quite as simple as just chucking it in your council recycling bin. 

To get your unwanted mobile phone to RE:MOBILE, you can drop it into any 2degrees, Spark, Vodafone or Noel Leeming stores, or drop it at one of our other collection points. If you are in a part of the country that is currently in Level 3, can you can send it to us via Freepost.   

Just as mobile phone recycling is important, it is also important to recycle other electronic tech items when you are no longer using them. And let’s be honest, most of us have a bag or drawer full of old chargers, cords and outdated modems that we aren’t sure what to do with. 

So what should you do with these things? RE:MOBILE only collects mobile phones and their chargers for recycling, but there are other places that you can recycle your unwanted tech equipment: 

  • Some internet service providers, such as Spark and Vodafone, will accept your old modems for recycling. 
  • Laptops less than 10 years old and in good working order can be donated to Recycle a Device which is an Aotearoa initiative which refurbishes laptops and gives them to students who need them. 
  • TechCollect in a not-for-profit organisation which provides a free ICT equipment (computers and their parts and accessories, tablets, cameras, printers and scanners) recycling service for households and small businesses in New Zealand.  Noel Leeming offers free Tech Collect e-waste collection at 16 of its stores nationwide.  

18 – 24 October is New Zealand Recycling Week.