it announced the birth of your niece, brought you your girlfriend’s “yes” and told you about your new job
Today, it’s gathering dust in a drawer and that’s a shame because even if you don’t use it any more, your old mobile can still be useful


Mobo collects used mobiles

By giving your phone (and its accessories) to Mobo you preserve natural resources and help create jobs. Mobo is working for the planet and supporting good causes.

mobiles collected

help others with your old mobile

Mobile collection and sorting is handled by the Ateliers du Bocage (AdB), a social re-integration company and Emmaüs International member.
All revenues from mobile collection support the sustainable economy: they fund the AdB’s and the creation of collection centres in Africa.

12,000 mobiles collected
1 job in France
You contribute to job creation in France
focus on the Ateliers du Bocage

Created in 1992, the Ateliers du Bocage (AdB) help people in difficulty to get back into the job market. As members of Emmaüs International, the AdB’s specialise in recycling office, electronic and computer equipment. Today, they are a standard for mobile phone recycling.

5 workshops in France (with 1 specialising in processing mobiles)

  • Le Pin (Department 79), head office for computers and telephones
  • Le Peux (Department 79) pallets and green space management
  • Brétignolles (Department 79) cartridges
  • Pantin (Department 93) Paris regional logistics centre
  • Pont-Evêque (Department 38) computers with

over 200 employees

100,000 mobiles collected
1 collection and sorting workshop in Africa
You are supporting the collection of waste from mobiles in Africa
focus on the collection of waste from mobiles in Africa

In less than 2 years, mobile collection has led to the creation of 4 collection and sorting workshops in Africa;

  • Burkina Faso
  • Benin
  • Niger (in 2012)
  • Madagascar

In addition to providing a solution for the waste created by unwanted mobiles, the project also creates long term jobs and stimulates the local economy.

with your old mobile
you are acting for the planet

Recycling your mobile phones means preserving rare natural resources and fighting pollution.
Today in France there are more than 100 million mobile phones lying around in drawers.

Giving these mobiles a second life could halve the amount of CO² produced. In France, for example, if 1 unused mobile in 5 were recycled, we would cut 300,000 tons of CO², the equivalent of 2 billion kilometres travelled in a car… 5,202 times the distance to the moon. What would Jules Verne say?

focus on recycling mobiles and rare resources

What you should know:

  • Producing a new mobile phone means using rare raw materials, which are not inexhaustible. E.g. copper or tin, global reserves of which could be exhausted by 2028
  • Mobile phones are veritable "urban mines". E.g. copper or tin, global reserves of which could be exhausted by 2028

Today, these rare metals need to be extracted from our drawers...


Mobo is fun and smart!

For Mobo, every donation counts. He thanks you, keeps you informed, and makes you smile.


Mobo is made
for everybody...
and by everybody

People, companies, local authorities, associations... everybody can help in their own way. Mobile after mobile, Mobo is able to act thanks to you.

  • recycle
  • adopt
  • share
install a Mobo on your premises

Mobo is smart

tracking your donation

MMobo keeps you informed of what happens to your mobile, thanks to quick and easy donation tracking. To use the tracking service, just register your mobile online before placing it in the Mobo.

Mobo is fun

Mobo reacts when you give him a mobile and his expression changes according to his mood! and his expression changes according to his mood!

You will soon be able to communicate with him and send out animations on his screen.

Donate a mobile, spread the word about Mobo, sponsor a friend, take part in competitions... Mobo will soon reward you for your contributions.


a new lease on life for your old mobile

From collection to resale, discover the journey your used mobile phone takes.
You’ll be surprised...


recycling your mobile :

how does it work?


donate your mobile

#2 giving a mobile phone
to Mobo

Mobo accepts all mobile phones, any model, in any condition or any operator. He also takes batteries, chargers, earpieces, cables and other accessories...

When you place a phone in a Mobo, his expression changes: it’s his way of thanking you!


Remember to save you personal data and recover your SIM card before placing your mobile in Mobo.

#3 mobile

Collecting and sorting are handled in the Ateliers du Bocage, a member of Emmaüs International, working on professional and social re-insertion and specialised in electronic and office equipment recycling.

and its new life begins!

#4 arriving at the Ateliers du Bocage

The mobile phones are taken to the Deux-Sèvres workshop (atelier). If you have opted to track your donation, you will be informed of its arrival.

#5 sorting the mobile phones

The mobiles are sorted, tested and then split into two categories: reusable and recyclable


test results

If you have opted to track your donation,
Mobo informs you of the test results.

mobile reusable

general service

révision générale

The mobiles are thoroughly checked: all functions are tested, the software systems are refreshed, the batteries are checked, parts are replaced as needed...

reconditioning and data deletion

remise en état et effacement des données

Mobile reconditioning involves a strict process that includes the systematic deletion of any personal data.



The mobile phones are thoroughly cleaned and the accessories are reinstalled. Once reconditioned, they are ready for new users.

second hand sales

revente d’occasion

The reconditioned mobile phones are sold in batches to traders specialising in the second hand market.

unusable mobile

the recycling process

Recycling unusable mobile phones and processing the materials they contain involves a long, complex process that is covered by European environmental standards. Umicore is one of the few specialised companies.

At its plant in Hoboken, Belgium, every year, it recycles 350,000 tonnes of electronic and electrical equipment waste (WEEE) to extract precious and non-ferrous metals.

processing the battery

traitement de la batterie

Due to the polluting components they contain, mobile phone batteries are removed and then processed in compliance with the European environmental standards.

crushing the mobile

broyage du mobile

Once their batteries have been removed, mobiles are crushed along with other electronic waste (motherboards, chips, etc.). Result: a real "urban mineral" whose components will be separated and recycled after a long process, which takes roughly 3 months.

processing components

traitement des composants

Polluting components are processed, precious metals are extracted and resold and the rest is incinerated for energy recovery.

100% of the revenues are used to finance the solidarity economy

All revenues generated by the sale of the mobiles are returned to the Ateliers du Bocage (AdB) and Emmaüs International. They are used to run AdB and to create mobile phone waste collection centres and workshops in Africa.

In this way, your mobile phone helps to create jobs, supports the solidatary economy and preserves natural resources...

Not bad for something that was left in a drawer, don't you think?

it’s easy to give a new lease on life to your mobile phone

Track your donation

Good to know

  • Mobo accepts all mobile phone types, from any operator
  • Mobo also accepts accessories: chargers, batteries, earpieces, and cables.


Remember to save your personal data and recover your SIM card before placing your mobile phone in Mobo.

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What's the IMEI number?

The IMEI number (or International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15-digit number is something like your mobile's identification card.

Where to find it:

If your old mobile is still working, press *#06# on the keypad: the IMEI will be displayed on the screen.

You can also find your IMEI number:
- on the original packaging, generally close to the barcode
- in the battery compartment.

your mobile phone has been registered.
soon, you will know what has become of it

Just leave it in a Mobo.
To do this, go to the Mobo map. the map of Mobo

Thank you for your support :)