Mobile recycling schemes 'can help schools raise cash'

10/12/2009

Mobile Recycling Schemes Can Help Schools Raise Cash

Mobile phone recycling drives could be a good way for schools to raise money without calling on donations from credit-crunched parents.

This is the opinion of Ian Fish, a teacher and sports coach at Norte Vista High School, who told the Press-Enterprise that sending mobile phones away to be recycled could help his teams raise money to travel.

He added that such fundraisers are most successful in the Christmas season when people tend to clear out old electrical items - such as mobile phones - before picking up replacement gadgets.

Mr Fish noted that particularly during the recession, it is difficult to ask parents to contribute money towards school activities, so recycling old mobile phones helps to raise some of the funds needed.

"Those things just sitting in peoples' drawers going unused will mean extra [money] we will have for helping out students, while it will help the community and the environment," he said.

A new study from ABI Research recently highlighted that people may be more likely to recycle their mobile if they received some kind of incentive.

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Posted by Noel Mellor