Old phones ring up the cash

PUBLISHED: 08:15 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:01 22 October 2010

Pupils across Norfolk have raised £19,300 for their schools or charities by collecting and recycling old mobile phones.

Pupils across Norfolk have raised £19,300 for their schools or charities by collecting and recycling old mobile phones.

Since the launch of a “schools waste action club” by Norfolk County Council in February this year, nearly 4000 old phones have been sent for recycling.

Each phone collected has raised £5 - which has either been spent on school equipment or donated to charity.

The phones are sent to the Wymondham company, Recycle Your Mobile, where staff either mend and resell the phones or break them down and recycle the parts.

Jenny Craven, county waste reduction officer, said: “This is a significant amount of money for schools and we have also diverted around 4,000 phones from landfill, which is fantastic.

“Schools still have a month left before the summer holidays and many are still collecting so have a rummage in your cupboards and support your local school.

“You can either donate the phone directly to the school or send it to a freepost address.”

Blenheim Park Primary, at Sculthorpe, near Fakenham, has sent in 82 phones so far, raising a total of £420.

Ian Monson, the county council's cabinet member for waste and environment, said: “It's thought that nearly 90 per cent of the UK population now own a mobile phone and it is estimated that around 200,000 people in Norfolk alone replace their mobile phone each year.

“Many of these end up in the bin as people don't know what else to do with them so this initiative is an excellent way to turn unwanted phones into useful cash for schools.”

Old phones can be sent to the following freepost address: Norfolk Schools Phone Amnesty, Freepost ANG20589, PO BOX 137, Wymondham, NR9 5BR.

Please write on the back of the envelope which Norfolk school you want the cash to go to. Special FREEPOST envelopes are also available from schools, libraries and council information centres. For each phone donated, your chosen school will receive £5 to spend on equipment or make a donation to a charity of their choice.

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