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Turning mobiles into water
September 23, 2007, 5:49 am
Filed under: Get Activist

Ever hear the expression ‘money for old rope’? Well I’ve just found a project that will give clean drinking water for old mobile phones. Sweet.

Like most people I have a collection of redundant technology living in the third draw down in the kitchen. All I have to do is send an email around the office and chuck a box under my desk to collect the seeds that will  plant a well to enable some of the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

Not only does the scheme help people dispose of their old mobile phones, it also benefits the environment and people in the developing world.

WaterAid’s supporters collect phones (one of which is now me!) which are then sent to Aussie Recycling Program (ARP), with an average of $5 donated to WaterAid for each complete handset collected. The phones are then either repaired and sold in developing countries or the parts are recycled

Ditch, donate, drink1. Ditch

Ditch your old mobile in a WaterAid collection box or send direct it to WaterAid.

2. Donate

A donation of $5 will be made for every handset.

3. Drink

The money will support WaterAid projects working to provide safe water for the world’s poorest people to drink.


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So here I am reading your post, and then my phone rings … and it is you. Now if that aint BSP I don’t know what is!
I love this idea … and expect that you will soon be inundated with old mobile phones. Do you take PCs too?

Comment by Gavin Heaton

C-Net has this to say on PC recycling: The most referred to service was Technical AID to the Disabled which refurbishes donated computers and loans them out to people with disabilities throughout New South Wales. Other recommended services included Work Ventures Ltd, MRI and Sims E-Recycling, which has four primary e-waste processing facilities in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane supported by a network of 130 operations in all states and territories.

Try these
Connectivity for Refugees project run by engineers without borders.
This link is for Melbourne (they collect!)
All PCs go to newly arrived refugees to the country on humanitarian visas, and are accompanied by a 12 or 24 week training course for the students (run by volunteers). We refurbish all the PCs ourselves…
Similar projects started in Adelaide and Perth too!

or here’s a list from Clean Up

Comment by katiechatfield

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