May 4, 2011 AT 6:03 pm

How China recycles millions of cellphones every year…

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How China recycles millions of cellphones every year @ Nokia Nseries

China has the world’s largest mobile phone user population, at an incredible 889 million. And 29.6 % of these users buy Nokia devices. But what happens when the Chinese, who on average change their device every 15 months, want a new one? Most of them unfortunately just throw their old phone away with as few 1% recycled. To combat this trend Nokia introduced the “Green Box” project in 2005. This concept introduced collection boxes at more than 700 Nokia service centers at mobile phone retail outlets in nearly 300 cities. To see what happens to those Nokia devices that don’t get recycled there, check out these amazing pictures, taken by Dutch Artist/Designer David Kousemaker.

This is where many of the LCDs come from for many popular LCD breakout boards, they are pulled from old Nokia’s, tested, cleaned up and resoldered as DIY breakout

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