Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Mobile Phone Recycling

In this day and age, mobile phone recycling has never been more important. It’s estimated that only 10% of our electronic items get recycled per year, and anything we can do to increase that amount is beneficial to all of us. It’s tricky to estimate how many mobile users there are exactly in the UK, as many of us have multiple phones, as well as old phones left in the drawer, and pay as you go deals. The last estimate at mobile phones in the UK, at any given time, was placed at a staggering 90 million. However, as this study was conducted a couple of years ago, the amount could be a lot more than we think. If any of these mobiles aren’t disposed of correctly, it could lead to serious problems for our planet, further down the line.

If all those phones were simply thrown away in a landfill site, we would cause irreparable damage to our land. Some of the components in our mobiles are toxic, such as lead and arsenic. These can absorb into our soil and cause issues for generations to come. If any of those toxic chemicals seeped in our soil, crops and plat life would be massively affected. As well as being beneficial for the planet, there are legitimate safety reasons as to why you should not throw your old phone away. Some components have been found extremely dangerous, and some of these are listed in the 10 most dangerous substances known to man. Taking this into account, it has never been more imperative to recycle mobile phones.

You can recycle any type of mobile phone, the better the make and model - the more money you will receive for recycling. Even if your phone has been liquid damaged, or dropped, you can still recycle.

For more information on mobile phone recycling, visit our website for more information.

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