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Published Monday 9 May 2016


New Zealand waterways will now be better off as a result of tens of thousands of mobile phones recycled each year through the RE:MOBILE scheme.

 

The TCF has appointed Sustainable Coastlines as the new beneficiary of its accredited mobile phone product stewardship scheme, RE:MOBILE.

The collection and recycling of disused mobile phone handsets via the RE:MOBILE scheme generates revenue, which provides an opportunity to make a donation to a registered charity.

“We are delighted to partner with the award winning charity, Sustainable Coastlines. Sustainable Coastlines was a clear choice for the REMOBILE scheme when we were looking for a new beneficiary to work with. It has an innovative approach to protecting the environment and this aligns well with our objectives for RE:MOBILE,” says TCF CEO, Geoff Thorn.

“Technology is changing rapidly and new devices are coming on stream constantly. The New Zealand telecommunications sector believes it has a responsibility to help prevent unused handsets ending up in landfills and the industry-led RE:MOBILE scheme has been designed for this purpose. Approximately 95 percent of the phones can be given a new lease of life or have their components recycled,” says Geoff Thorn.“ Recycling collection bins are available in the mobile operators’ stores as well as a selection of businesses, schools and council offices. Look for the RE:MOBILE logo, and now, the Sustainable Coastlines logo, on our mobile phone collection bins.”

“Sustainable Coastlines is proud to partner with this fantastic scheme which provides critical funding for the delivery of the Love Your Water programme. Together through this new partnership we will reduce waste sent to landfills, save valuable materials and energy, and help to look after New Zealand’s waterways, says Sustainable Coastlines Co-Founder and CEO, Sam Judd.

“With 69% of New Zealand’s rivers deemed unsafe for swimming after rainfall due to contamination, this is important work.We have a long term vision of beautiful beaches, healthy waters and inspired people and the proceeds from the RE:MOBILE scheme, will help tremendously,” says Sam Judd.

This partnership is being launched at 3pm, Monday 9th May at The Flagship Sustainable Coastlines Education Hub in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

 

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For more information, please contact: Geoff Thorn, TCF, CEO
Ph: +64 4 815 8176 | Mobile: +64 21 937 920