In the Netherlands, only 45% of all electronic devices are being recycled. A lot of old phones, DVD-players and other broken devices end up in the waste bin every year. Which is a shame, because a lot of the materials found in those devices can be reused, like gold, silver and copper.
For this reason, Avans is participating in the Funky Phone Challenge, a challenge to collect as many old phones as possible, to ask awareness for a circular economy; an economy where all resources are used and re-used as effectively as possible.
It’s a competition against the University Leiden, Hogeschool Leiden, Start up Mix @ Radboud University Nijmegen and the Hogeschool Arnhem/Nijmegen.
The Funky Phone arcade, a gaming arcade made of discarded electronic devices, is ready to collect your old phone from the 15th of January until the 8th of February. After handing in your old phone, the Funky Phone arcade will let you play an awesome and interactive game. It’s location; the Hogeschoollaan in Breda. Don’t worry! If you want to participate, but don’t live in Breda? All other faculties of Avans will have a special box where you can also hand in your old phone.
But why hand in your old phone? First of all, to help Avans win the Funky Phone Challenge. If we win, we receive a €1000,- cheque and the money will be used to fund a new GreenOffice project, that will make Avans even more sustainable.
Second, handing in your phone means saving precious resources, decreasing CO2 emissions and helping prevent child labour for winning resources in mines in third world countries.
So, hand in your phone during the Funky Phone Challenge and help us win!
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