Better way to dispose old gadgets


A new gadget is cool. But, two years later when a new model arrives or when your gadget gets busted, you suddenly realize that it is no longer cool and you may need to replace it with a new one. What will you do with your old one?

Our electronic gadgets such as phones and tablets, including their batteries and chargers contain toxic wastes. Discovery.com, in its article “Cell Phones Toxic to Humans and Earth,” revealed that a study by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan and ifixit.com has found that cellphones contain at least one of these toxic elements; lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury or cadmium.

Iloilo bloggers donate their old phones to Globe Telecom


Eighty to 85 percent of electrical products end up in landfills or incinerators and they release toxins in the air. Some 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are being disposed a year worldwide, according to Do Something.org. Now, this is harmful to our health.
So, instead of throwing it away in the garbage can, you may want to consider handling your gadget over to a recycling company. However, that is much of an inconvenience, considering how busy you are, right?

Not anymore, with Globe Telecom’s Project 1 Phone. It is a program designed to create awareness on proper e-waste disposal and to promote sustainability. You can now bring your old gadgets to any of the Globe Telecom stores and drop them at the donation bins. Each donated device entitles you to one raffle entry. A monthly raffle draw will be held, and one lucky winner will get an iPad Air!

For list of participating stores, click here: Globe Stores

“Globe is not only dedicated to growing its business but is also committed to addressing environmental concerns and promoting human health amidst the fast growth of this high-tech industry. Being a communications provider, Globe takes responsibility in educating the people on how to dispose their old mobile devices and computers as well as end-of-life mobile battery packs and chargers in the best way possible,” said Yoly Crisanto, senior vice president of Globe Corporate Communications.
Instead of throwing your old gadgets, you can donate it to Globe Telecom. They have partnered with TES-AMM, a leading electronics waste recycler which uses state-of-the-art technology in managing toxic wastes. Parts of your old gadget will become parts of usable things again, like a new phone, furniture, plastic chairs, and more.

Students watch as workers start to build their classroom

Meanwhile, proceeds of this recycling initiative will be used for the construction of classrooms in Aklan. Right now, Aklan needs hundreds of classrooms to accommodate its student population that was displaced after schools were destroyed or damaged by typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Globe is PARR’s (Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery) development partner for Aklan. The company has committed to put up at least 40 school buildings in the province. Five of the 11 schools that Globe has committed under Phase 1 of the program are already undergoing construction.
Globe, with the help of Habitat for Humanity and Ayala Foundation, is building in two phases. The first phase involves the construction of “Noah’s Ark”-type classrooms that double as evacuation structures during calamities as they are equipped with three toilet and bath facilities each as well as a kitchen.

The second phase is comprised of more than 30 regular but “built back better” classrooms to be funded from proceeds of the company’s enterprise-wide management program, as well as from parent-company Ayala Corporation. 

So, ‘ang cool noon, school ngayon’./Marie Katherine Villalon


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