Mobile phone recycling scheme to help fund Sustainable Coastlines
Sustainable Coastlines is heading into its major tree-planting season as the new beneficiary of a mobile phone recycling scheme.
The New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) will be donating all the revenue from its mobile phone recycling scheme, RE: MOBILE to Sustainable Coastlines for at least two years.
The partnership, which is expected to generate $60,000 a year, will be launched on Monday and TCF chief executive Geoff Thorn says Sustainable Coastlines was a clear choice as the charity partner.
"It has an innovative approach to protecting the environment and this aligns well with our objectives for RE:MOBILE," he said.
The scheme's aim is to stop unused handsets ending up in landfills.
Recycling collection bins are available in stores of mobile operators as well as some businesses, schools and council offices.
Sustainable Coastlines chief executive Sam Judd says the scheme would provide critical funding for the Love Your Water programme, which reduced waste sent to landfills, saved valuable materials and energy and helped look after New Zealand's waterways.
He also applauded the joint efforts of Vodafone, Spark and 2Degrees as members of TCF in working together to help reduce mobile phones going to landfills.
"It's nice to be able to work with a funding opportunity that fits in with our values."
Each edition of this weekend's Sunday Star Times will have an envelope for any old, unused mobiles, which can be dropped off at designated collection bins.