THE RECYCLING PROCESS
The 6 steps of recycling
Curious about how we turn old mobiles into new possibilities?
Here's an insight into our recycler TES-AMM's process. As well as
being highly efficient, this process provides a complete breakdown
of chemical compounds. That means it prevents potentially damaging
chemical compounds (such as dioxins and furans) from reforming and
threatening the environment.
Step 1: Sorting
First, phones are dismantled and sorted into the following
components: batteries (NiCad, NiMetHyd, Lithium Ion), printed
circuit boards, handsets, chargers/accessories, plastics, metals
and paper/cardboard packaging.
Step 2: Batteries
Batteries are sorted, then shipped to approved recyclers in
other countries. Where they are sent depends on battery type -
currently, lithium ion batteries are shipped to TES-AMM in
Singapore where they're processed for cobalt and lithium.
Nickel cadmium (NiCad) and nickel metal hydride (NiMetHyd)
batteries are shipped to KOBAR
Ltd in South Korea where they are processed for nickel (to make
stainless steel), cadmium (to make new batteries) and
Step 3: Circuits
Circuit boards are stored and then shipped to TES-AMM in
Singapore where they are processed for precious metals
including gold, silver, copper and lead.
Step 4: Casings
Handset casings are sent to local plastics manufacturer
Australian Composite Technology, who shreds and uses the plastic to
produce composite plastic fence posts.
Step 5: Accessories
Accessories are processed by TES-AMM in
Singapore. Here, they are shredded and separated from the ferrous
and non-ferrous metals for re-use.
Step 6: Packaging
Packaging is separated into plastic and paper and sent to local
recyclers for processing.