Donating Used Cellphones

Donating Used Cellphones
Donating Used Cellphones

The Department of Pollution Control is launching a campaign to encourage people to donate used cellphones, aiming to manage at least 9,000,000 unused mobile devices by the end of the year.

This activity involved the Department of Pollution Control, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, the Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission. Income and benefits from the campaign will be donated to various Thai charity organizations.

As the cellphone system is being transformed to the digital technology old mobile devices are becoming obsolete and the number of old and unused cellphones is increasing. Some people discard cellphones inappropriately with other garbage. Unused cellphones require a proper form of disposal to prevent potential effects on the environment. Data from 2016 shows that the sale of cellphones in Thailand increased 47% or 22 million cellphones had been purchased.

This means that 1,721 tons of old cellphones are discarded, and more mobile devices tend be unused every year. Unless correct and proper management of discarded cellphones is introduced, environmental problems follow. The Department of Pollution Control is campaigning for correct, effective and systematic disposal of unwanted cellphones to avoid environmental problems and to encourage social responsibility