Recycling Your Mobile Phone

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Old Mobile Phones

It seems that the UK is awash with mobile phones, many of them not even being used. Official statistics show that over 90% of Brits aged 16 to 54 owned at least one mobile phone in 2005/06.

The highest levels of mobile ownership are in the 16 to 34 age group, but another survey shows the older generations catching up, with the proportion of over 75’s owning a phone almost doubling between 2001 and 2003.

It is very difficult to estimate exactly how many mobile phones there are in the UK, given that so many of us have multiple phones, pay-as-you-go contracts, and older models tucked away in drawers and cupboards. One estimate suggests that as many as 90 million mobiles are lying around forgotten in homes across the UK.

It is estimated that we upgrade our mobile phones every 18 months on average, and that over 18 million people in the UK are replacing their phones each year.

It has been calculated that if all these phones were thrown away it would generate 7,500 tonnes of potentially toxic waste in landfill sites. Such hazardous toxins can leak out into the soil and groundwater, and cause serious damage to the environment and human health. All of this is just taking into the account the mobile phones here in the UK - let alone when we consider the global impact!

But that’s not all. As well as containing harmful heavy metals, mobile phones contain precious metals such as silver, gold and platinum. These valuable materials can be retrieved from unwanted mobiles, which helps save resources that might otherwise be spent on unnecessary mining. What’s more, you could be getting some of that value back!

So why not get some money back by recycling your mobile? You’ll be doing yourself, your pocket, your planet and your future grandchildren a real favour!


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