Remember the Blue Peter “Bring and Buy Sale” concept? Sending away for those little information packs and thumbing through the pages and pages of stickers with trembling fingers! Here at Mazuma we love to do our bit for charity (which is why we’re noted as such an ethical company in terms of both humanity and the environment!) so if your school is looking for a simple, effective way to raise money for a charity of your choice or just to fund something awesome (might we suggest a trip to a high ropes adventure park!) for your students, why not put a few of those scholarly grey cells to work organising a phone bank recycling drive?
How It Works
We’re happy to take as many handsets as your school can throw at us! Just collect old mobile phones however you think is best (we recommend plastic bins handled by teachers), get in touch with us and let us know how many phones you’d like to sell and what models they are (sorry if there’s loads for you to trawl through, but it just means more cash!), then we’ll send out the required number of Parcelforce plastic bags for you to pop them all on their merry way to our tech wizards! You can send broken and valueless phones too; we’ll recycle them ethically!
We operate a very strict data erase policy to make sure all our customers can rely on discretion and the protection of their privacy.
Organising a wedding, organising a divorce, moving house – the big three life stresses! There may be no such thing as the fairytale divorce or flawless wedding run through, but we can certainly help you with a few ideas and golden nuggets of advice when it comes to moving house!
Resist the Urge to Pack EVERYTHING
Those old mobiles phones lurking in a seldom visited desk draw…. you don’t need them! Recycle mobile phones, alarm clocks, kettles, curling tongs, pretty much everything electrical you haven’t used in the past year or two. Chucking everything into boxes might seem like the simplest option, but do you really want to recreate troublesome loft space mess in your new place? Try to treat the “sorting through stuff and deciding what to keep” stage as a separate monster to the “endless packing” stage; it’ll make everything seem like less of a giant project.
Pack in Stages
Moving on Thursday? Still not packed on Tuesday? Depending on the size of your possessions hoard, organisational genius types tend to recommend allowing at least a month to organise and efficiently box up everything in your home. This will SERIOUSLY diminish the amount of stress associated with packing up a lifetime of stuff in a single day!
Reuse or Recycle
This is the part even we sometimes have trouble with! We KNOW we never use the Wii anymore (it was such an impulse buy, and who were we kidding!), and we KNOW we should trade in seldom used electronics and mobile phones for cash. Reuse or recycle – pick a side!
With university fees looking set to go a bit nuts and make the whole university experience even more debt-filled than it already was, every little nugget of advice is going to be of use for current and prospective students. And you thought we just took care of your old mobile phones….
• First years, keep it simple! Moving into halls of residence might seem like the biggest step in the world, but in reality you’ll be living there for around thirty weeks. Pack light and avoid the troublesome costs of moving eight boxes of seldom watched DVDs!
• Make your junk make money! Sell mobile phones for cash (to us, obviously!), eBay bits and bobs that simply serve to clutter your living space, and consider keeping hold of a few valuables you don’t REALLY need for fiscally troubling times (e.g. hocking your old laptop for extra Christmas spends!)
• Don’t eat out! This is a real life lesson, guys. Eating out is more expensive. Simple. Cooking can be a bit of a drag, but when it’s the choice between a year of take-away pizza debt or eating shop brand noodles nightly, the choice should be obvious. Two £10 pizzas per week over those thirty weeks in halls = £600!
• Live on a budget. Very boring to be told this one, but it’s one of the most effective ways to keep tabs on your money and play the long game (i.e. make your student loan go as far as possible!)
Getting on the summer bandwagon and having a thorough de-clutter might not be your idea of a balmy UK season well spent. Nonetheless, there are tons of little bits and bobs you could be doing to make a bit of extra cash for the holiday fund!
Don’t sell your mobile on eBay! We want to give your old mobile phones the Mazuma treatment! But there’s probably still at least a little in the way of sellable goods in your possession. You might not be ready to part with that pristine Wayne Gretzky hockey card just yet, but the eBay odds are good that someone somewhere will be willing to pay a few pounds for things like DVDs, jewellery, books, CDs etc. You may only sell things for a relatively low price, but sell enough and the pile of precious cash adds up!
Sell Your Mobile to Us
You knew it was coming! Here in the Mazuma office we’re all thrifty experts (everybody’s had to start somewhere, right?) when it comes to things like making ends meet at university, struggling through your first job on minimum wage (and still trying to save money for a cheap beach vacation!) and trying really, REALLY hard to stay in the black when money is most definitely NOT growing on trees! That’s really why we all believe in Mazuma – we’ve all recycled our mobiles too!
Make sure you check our regularly updated blog for more frugal hints and tips.
If you’re looking for a unique way to raise funds, consider a mobile phone drive! By encouraging people (maybe students or association members) to donate and recycle phones, you could raise some lovely money for your cause!
We don’t impose any limit on the number of phones you can recycle with us, so it’s really up to you and your charity group whether you send us five or fifty old mobiles for cash. If you’re one of the lucky folks selling more than ten handsets, be sure to order your nice big Parcelforce prepaid parcel online. We’ll get it out to you in about forty-eight hours, you pop all the old mobiles you’ve collected into the bag, and we’ll do the rest!
We offer three types of payment – cash, cheque and Argos vouchers. Now, we’re not sure how beneficial the Argos vouchers might be to a charity fund drive, but a cheque is perhaps the easiest way to leave a nice little paper trail and keep on top of how much you’ve earned. You can even set up an account with us.
If have any questions about mobile phone recycling that aren’t in the FAQ help section, feel free to get in touch and we’ll do our best to fill you in on whatever details you need.
Recycling old mobiles is good for the environment, great for developing communication markets, wonderful for the pockets of your charity and for freeing up a little useful draw space in people’s homes!
Deciding NOT to leave your old mobile phone festering away in some forgotten draw is a great idea! Of course we want you to sell your mobile phones to us, so here are just a few of the points that tip us over the scales of auction websites like eBay (although eBay definitely wins when it comes to auctioning off you entire teenage CD collection – Take That and Party, anyone?)
• You know where our phones are headed. If you’ve paid close attention to the “Being Responsible” page of mazumamobile.com, you’ll be familiar with a few of the happy endings our mobile phones find.
• Each month we review prices and make sure our customers are getting the best possible deal (so no having to let that iPhone 32GB 3G go for £10!)
• You know your mobile phone won’t be used for anything unscrupulous. Again, let us point you in the direction of the “Being Responsible” webpage. We don’t sell to the general public, only to established partners in developing markets who have proven to us that their business is ethical.
• You know your mobile phone won’t end up on the dump. Although we reuse around 95% of the phones we buy, there is a tiny proportion that perishes along the way. We are a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Authorised Treatment Facility and are ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Accredited (that might not mean much to everyone, but rest assured it’s proof we’re really, REALLY environmentally minded!
Of the 50 million or so handsets that lie abandoned in kitchen draws, car glove boxes and desk organisers, how many suffer their fate because of user ignorance? We’re not suggesting that the users COULDN’T use their spangly new phones, but rather that they found their functions incompatible with their lifestyles after a very short while of use.
Take the LG Chocolate – one of the most stylish of the 2007 generation of touchscreen mobile phones.
Many users found the touchscreen capability to be a gimmick at best and a hindrance at worst. Fast forward a few months and it’s off to the phone bank for the old LG Chocolate!
Here are a few titbits of advice from us avid mobile recycling fans (as avid mobile phone users!)
• Always go for function over form. The LG Chocolate was stunning to behold, and arguably still compares favourably to more modern touchscreens, but on a basic level it wasn’t practically useful to many users.
• List must-have features before you buy. Decided to upgrade and sell your phone? Great. Now make a note of all the features and apps you use most prolifically, what you wish the phone did and what you wish it didn’t. This will give you and the mobile phone store rep a much clearer idea of what you’re looking for.
• Review your contract. Lots of mobile phone service providers are willing to offer lovely loyalty discounts to folks who consider not renewing their contract.
Some things in life are so tedious. Forgetting to buy stamps, finally fixing that leak in the porch door, clearing that pile of junk from behind the shed – there always seem to be about a thousand things on the periphery of life that always SHOULD be done but are rarely completed. Let’s just add “sell my phone” to that list, shall we? If you’re not particularly strapped for cash and/or suffer from life lethargy, here are a few reasons you should use our postal service or visit a Mazuma phone bank anyway.
We refurbish your old mobile phones for use in burgeoning communication markets such as Africa, Pakistan and so on. Without your mobile phone a poor person in Africa may not be able to communicate with their friends, family or business customers. It’s really very simple, either your phone wastes away in a forgotten draw, or begins a new life in the hands of someone who really needs the technology.
It’s Environmentally Friendly (and who wants to make the planet angry!)
Did you read our “Being Responsible” information yet? It’s full of facts and figures relating to mobile phone recycling and the environment. Let’s just pick one out of the air – 50 million phones nationwide are unused and loitering in disregarded corners of desk draws and storage boxes. We aim to keep mobile phones away from landfills for as long as possible. Everything has a shelf life, but most mobile phones are upgraded long before they reach theirs.