O2 has launched a recycling for schools scheme, letting students and teachers raise money for good causes by handing in their unwanted gadgets.
The operator will buy any unwanted phones, mp3 players, digital cameras, games consoles, SatNavs and tablets. O2 will match the funds raised up to the value of £1,000, if the gadgets are recycled by the end of 2012. Schools are able to fundraise for any projects that they feel will deliver the greatest benefit for their pupils and will have the final say on how the money is spent. The scheme can be signed up to on O2's website.
Bill Eyres, O2's head of sustainability, said: 'Every single year there is a huge sum of money thrown away by consumers all over the country who simply bin unwanted gadgets. We hope that, with O2 Recycle for schools, people will be encouraged to realise the value of these and - because the money will be used to support a child's education - they will be more inclined to recycle it.'
The scheme is part of O2's wider Think Big sustainability campaign.
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