Nokia and Samsung Step Up Handset Recycling Efforts in Kenya
Published on: 26th Sep 2012
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By: Ian Mansfield
As Kenya's deadline to block the use of counterfeit phones on the local mobile networks approaches Samsung and Nokia have set up recycling points for fake phones if customers buy one of their handsets.
Nokia has set up around 100 collection points across the country, while Samsung is focusing efforts on the six main cities.
It's estimated that there are still around 3 million fake phones in use, which will be blocked by the networks at the end of this week.
"Consumers in Kenya, like in many countries across the globe, are unaware of the environmental benefits of recycling their broken or unwanted mobile phones,"says Bruce Howe, General Manager for Nokia East Africa. "The reality is that mobile phones contain many valuable and useful materials that can be recycled, including precious metals and plastics."
For every million phones recycled, it is possible to recover nearly 35kg of gold and 350kg of silver.