National Smartphone Recycling Scheme

More evidence from Leeds Social Media Surgery last night of the need for a National Smartphone Recycling Scheme.

My “patient” was someone who had been charged by her employer with communicating with young people, but was struggling to do so effectively. All the different methods I explored with her would have involved using a mobile phone of some kind, preferably a smartphone. The barrier we kept coming across was that her “work” phone was an ancient non-smart phone, which even struggles to send text messages, and she had been unable to persuade her employer that she needed a decent tool to do her job. She has a personal smartphone, but is understandably reluctant to use that for work purposes. Even using the Whatsapp application to send free messages was ruled out because it would have meant revealing her private phone number.

Organisations of this kind that fail to see the benefits of deploying smartphones are sending people like my “patient” out to do their jobs with both hands tied behind their backs. A low-cost source of recycled phones might start to chip away at this reluctance.

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2 thoughts on “National Smartphone Recycling Scheme

  1. Good idea John. A search on phones and recycling shows a lot of companies offering to buy your old smartphone, and lots of sites offering refurbished phones – so the system is there. Is what’s needed a scheme to encourage people to donate rather than sell their old phones, and then a deal with a refurbishing company to provide discounted phones? I guess there are lots of nonprofits in the recycling/reuse field who have the expertise to set something up.

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