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Kingston Mobile Mop Up project - recycle your unwanted phone for charity

Kingston Council and The Mayor’s Charitable Trust have teamed up with international recovery, recycling and reuse experts Genuine Solutions (GSUK) for the Mobile Mop Up project.

The initiative will see residents being asked to drop off unwanted mobile phones at collection points throughout the borough.

From Monday 24 February to Sunday 8 March, branded collection boxes will be located at various libraries, leisure centres and shops throughout the borough for residents to drop off their handsets - you can find a full list of sites here.

You don’t need to hand over a charger, and all existing data on the phone will be securely wiped during the recycling process.

Profits from the drive will go towards the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, which supports two local causes, Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and youth charity Oxygen.

Councillor Margaret Thompson, Mayor of Kingston, said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled that we are teaming up with GSUK for this exciting project. If you have an old or unwanted mobile phone, please take it to your nearest collection point and help us raise some money for a great cause.

“As well as this, it will prevent phones and all the plastic, chemicals and metals in them from going to landfill.

“It’s a really simple and environmentally-friendly way to help raise money for two excellent charities - just drop off your phone in a box and we will do the rest.

“I also want to thank GSUK for all their work on this wonderful project.”

Sam Bush, Client Services Director, GSUK added:

“We’re incredibly excited to be working with The Mayor’s Charitable Trust on the Mobile Mop Up project.  

“Two of GSUK’s core values are to be a responsible and supportive business, so being able to stop unwanted tech ending up in landfill, and also help raise funds for these amazing local charities at the same time, makes us extremely proud."