Sustainability Week: schools are encouraged to collect used mobile phones and e-gadgets

Waste sorting competition to reward the most active schools and students 

This year’s Sustainability Week will focus on energy, climate change and health awareness as its key themes. The program includes a Seasonal Waste Sorting Competition encouraging students to collect as many used batteries, mobile phones and e-gadgets from households as possible. The competition running until 20 November and featuring Telenor as one of its main sponsors is open for any primary and secondary school across the country.

“It will be good for something”, “I’ll keep it as a memory” – old but still operable mobile phones hide in the back of drawers in many households instead of being reused. If taken to an authorized collection point, a phone still operable can have its lifetime extended or its components recycled. 

The Sustainability Week launched by the Ministry of Human Capacities will run between 5 and 9 October across the country focusing on energy, climate change and health awareness as its key themes. The program aims to convey the message of sustainability through the teachers and students of schools to the general public. 

The program includes also a Seasonal Waste Sorting Competition for primary and secondary school students. Schools participating in the PontVelem Smart Program behind this initiative have collected 600 tons of used batteries and more than 138,000 mobile phones and e-gadgets since 2011. The program featuring Telenor as one of its main sponsors encourages students to collect as many used mobile phones and e-gadgets from households as possible. Teachers get thematic lesson plans for children in the upper grades of primary schools under the program. 

In the waste sorting competition, the most effective schools can apply for the Most Active School award. The school collecting the largest number of used mobile phones and e-gadgets in Hungary will win TudatosNet training courses provided by Telenor’s digital education program Hipersuli. The 5 schools collecting the largest number of mobile phones and e-gadgets will get special prizes including a valuable laptop, a mobile handset, a tablet, a drone and an instant camera. 

“Respect for the environment is a core value for us. In line with this, we seek to eliminate or minimize the environmental impact of our business using innovative environmental solutions. Besides improving our own environmental performance, we want our products, services and communication to help raise the environmental awareness of the general public. The online safety of the future generation and children’s responsible use of digital devices are an integral part of our efforts”, said Attila Mészáros, Communication Director of Telenor Hungary.

The Seasonal Waste Sorting Competition will last until 20 November. For more information about the Most Active School award and related programs please visit www.fenntarthatosagi.temahet.hu/programok.

Official website of the Sustainability Week: https://www.fenntarthatosagi.temahet.hu/

Useful information

What happens to used mobile phones when there is no waste sorting competition? Devices unfit for use have to be disposed of as electronic waste. But if their battery is damaged, they may qualify as hazardous waste. Used mobile phones and electronic devices can be returned to companies selling such products to be reused or recycled as appropriate.