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Chinese recycle less than 1% of cell phones

China – According to a survey conducted by D. Phone, China’s largest mobile phone retail chain, the country’s consumers change their cell phones frequently, using each one for an average of 15 months. And yet data from Finnish cell phone manufacturer Nokia suggest that less than 1% of discarded cell phones in China are recycled, reports the ‘Beijing Morning Post’.

Chen Min, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Nokia China, said the cell phone maker’s global research had found that discarded mobile phones contained nickel, cobalt and other harmful substances that greatly pollute both water and soil. The roughly 400 million mobile phones that are discarded worldwide each year have a total gold content equivalent to that of 1.5 million gold rings, the Nokia report also said.

Nokia introduced its Green Box initiative in China some six years ago to collect discarded mobile phones. Under the project, collection boxes have been placed at more than 700 Nokia service centres at mobile phone retail outlets in nearly 300 cities. The company is currently considering working with post offices to deploy more recycling bins.

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