The Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, has been using the growing mobile phone recycling sector to raise money for its charitable cause, helping hundreds of children recover from illness.
The hospital began a campaign to get people to donate their unwanted mobile phones at the start of the year and over 2009 is has been able to raise over £300,000 ($500,000) to help fund its operation and pay for new equipment.
Those people who send their phones into the hospital are able to provide a donation without having to give cash as the phones can be bought by a recycling firm and the hospital will receive the payment. Recycled phones are then used for parts or sent to developing nations to provide cheap means by which citizens can call one another.
There are well documented environmental benefits of mobile recycling too, as none of the hazardous substances contained within mobile phones are allowed to escape into the eco system if they are recycled rather than consigned to landfills.
Using old mobile phones to raise money for charitable causes is not only an excellent way in which to clear out old phones to make way for that latest upgrade, but also to save the environment and to improve the lives of a few children along the way.
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