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Lister mobilises team effort for phone recycling

Lister Unified Communications has repeated its call for unused mobile phones as part of a fresh drive for Global Recycling Day.

The Stonehouse firm is working with the Stroud-based Nelson Trust charity for its mobile phone recycling appeal in 2021.

Lister is working with Forest Green Rovers, the world's greenest football club, and Bishop's Cleeve-based waste management firm Grundon to encourage more phones to be donated for Global Recycling Day (March 18).

Grundon and Forest Green are asking employees to bring in unwanted old phones and running a Twitter competition on Global Recycling Day.

Those who enter the competition will be in for the chance of winning one of Rovers' home shirts, signed by the team, as well as a Grundon reusable coffee cup.

Lister sales manager Simon Gardner said: "Spring is almost here, it is a great time for a clear out to find any phones hiding away in a drawer, whether you are working at home or returning to the office.

"A little thing can make such a difference to a local charity and also recycle old equipment rather than them going to waste."

He continued: "I visited the office for the first time in a while and there's boxes full of phones on my desk.

"It's Global Recycling Day - let's make an effort.

"It doesn't cost anything and it's so simple to add value to something which would be sitting unused and forgotten."

Lister donated almost £500 shared between Gloucestershire Young Carers and adult learning charity Cintre last year.

Nelson Trust, which helps people who have seen their lives hit by addiction and women to thrive in their community, as the charity for this year's appeal.

The charity has seen levels of domestic abuse rise by 14 per cent as a result of lockdown so donations of phones will make such a difference.

Phones can be collected in a drop-off box at work - once Covid restrictions allow - which can be picked up once 10 have been donated.

The Nelson Trust said despite lockdown, it has seen a good initial response from companies willing to be collection points.

Endsleigh is among the latest to sign up and updated details of drop-off points will be updated at nelsontrust.com.

"We ensure all the data is securely wiped from any of the devices and the ones that can't be reused are recycled in an environmentally friendly way," said Mr Gardner.

Details of how to collect and donate the phones can be found at www.nelsontrust.com/mobile-phone.

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