Do you have an old phone that it's no longer in use and dont know what to do with it?
24 January is International Day for Mobile Phone Recycling and WeFix is planning to place recycle bins permanently in its 35 stores and promote this initiative on a continuous basis.
CapeTalk's Africa Melane spoke to spokesperson and WeFix Dean McCoubrey about the significance of mobile recycling.
Mobile phones have a number of components in it. And those components come from various resources which are taken from the ground.— Dean McCoubrey, WeFix Spokesperson
These resources come mostly from Africa.
These components are taken from the ground, to make way for mines, which causes deforestation, and in the process is also killing that habitat from primates and other types of monkeys.— Dean McCoubrey, WeFix Spokesperson
He says the effect of mining for the needed resources are threefold: Cause human conflict, deforestation, and destruction of primate habitats.
Customers can easily drop off old devices, and, for every 20 devices they recycle, they will adopt a chimpanzee for a year and are aiming to sponsor all 33 chimps at Chimp Eden in South Africa.
It doesn't have to be just phones but we welcome all sorts of electronics...— Dean McCoubrey, WeFix Spokesperson
He says they are trying to raise awareness about the massive amounts of electronic waste.
To hear the rest of this interview and to know more about mobile recycling, listen below: