For every new phone sold in Germany, Vodafone will recycle a used one

One for One program recently launched in Germany is an intention of Vodafone Germany to move at least one million phones a year into secure waste streams.

Weighing more than the Great Wall of China, the amount of electronic waste discarded in 2021 is estimated to be 57.4 metric tons.

For every phone Vodafone sells to individuals in Germany, a phone in a country without safe e-waste recycling (primarily Ghana, Nigeria, Cameron) will be collected and properly recycled, recovering precious raw materials like gold, silver, palladium and cobalt. To collect and process the devices, Vodafone is partnering with Closing the Loop, a Dutch social enterprise that specializes in e-waste compensation as a service.

Photo credits: Soheb Zaidi
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