Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has tapped global electronic waste recycling specialist TES-AMM for Project 1 Phone, a nationwide campaign to create awareness on proper disposal of old and obsolete electronic items and to promote sustainability.
Formed in 2005, TES-AMM combines state-or-the-art technology with in-depth knowledge of environment and waste management techniques to provide reuse solutions and recovery of precious metals from end-of-life electronics such as computers, cell phones, peripherals, television sets, among others. It is headquartered in Singapore with facilities in other parts of Asia, Oceania, Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
“Being the first in Asia to receive certification on Responsible Recycling (R2), we are confident that TES-AMM through its local arm TES-AMM Philippines, would be able to deliver the lowest environmental impact without compromising health and safety and therefore, concretize Globe Telecom’s commitment to sustainability,” said Yoly Crisanto, SVP of Globe Corporate Communications.
Globe is currently encouraging everyone to participate in Project 1 Phone by donating their unusable mobile phones and portable devices via donation bins available at all participating Globe Stores in various parts of the country (for the complete list, please visit the Globe Telecom website www.globe.com.ph/project1phone).
All collected units and accessories shall be turned over to TES-AMM Philippines for proper recycling and recovery. No phones or accessories collected will be refurbished for resale or cannibalized for usable parts.
Old cell Phones and their batteries have toxic components such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury as well as plastic parts which usually have brominated flame retardant which are all toxic when released to the environment. If thrown improperly, these can pollute the environment and cause harmful effects to one’s health.
Thus, aside from ensuring that e-wastes are not unnecessarily dumped into landfills, TES-AMM also provides the facility to recover precious metals and plastics for re-manufacture, proceeds of which will go to classroom construction in Aklan where Globe is a development sponsor.