Thursday, 3 October 2013

Recycling Phones Prevents Pollution And Makes Use Of Raw Materials

When we purchase a new mobile phone, many of us feel guilty of simply throwing our old one in the bin. However, getting rid of your phone in this way may not be the best option, especially because most devices contain substances which are damaging to the environment. What's more, mobile phones actually contain a lot of valuable materials, including gold and silver, which should not go to waste. The solution for both of these issues is recycling.

Recycling technology for mobile phones is continually improving, and many methods are able to recover up to 80% of the raw materials that went into making the phone. Of the materials recovered, many include rare elements such as gold, copper, nickel, manganese, cobalt (from batteries), and palladium.

Recycling has become very important for the metals industry, given the number of electrical devices that are no longer in use. In Germany alone, there are around 72 million mobile phones stored away and not used, according to estimates by Bitkom, the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications, and New Media. Perhaps more striking, is the calculation that one million mobile phones contain a total of 24 kg of gold, 250 kg of silver, 9 kg of palladium, and a whopping nine tonnes of copper. It's a pity that a lot of these precious metals go to waste disposal sites, instead of being retrieved and used again.

Apart from everything else, recycling your mobile phone is easy: just take it to a mobile phone shop or to your local network provider, who will take care of it for you.

For more information on mobile phone recycling visit our website FoneHub Limited

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