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Kingston’s Mobile Mop Up scheme raises £4,000 for charity

Kingston residents have raised an impressive £4,000 for the Mayor’s Charitable Trust by recycling their unwanted mobile phone handsets.

The drive, which took place earlier this year, saw boxes delivered to locations around the borough, along with schools and shops asking for donations, with residents dropping their phones off.

Hundreds of phones were collected, with some donations still coming through.

The scheme saw Kingston Council and the Mayor’s Office team up with recovery, recycling and reuse experts Genuine Solutions to ask residents to hand over any unwanted handsets, which were then securely wiped of any data and recycled.

The proceeds from the project have gone to the Mayor’s Charitable Trust, with Councillor Margaret Thompson nominating Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and youth charity Oxygen as her two causes for her time as Mayor.

Now, to mark the support given by the Kingston community during Mobile Mop-Up, Genuine Solutions will be using some of the donated phones that are beyond economical repair, to create a sculpture which will be housed in the Guildhall.


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