Why recycle mobile phones?
Some mobile phones and accessories contain extremely toxic substances. Throwing out unwanted or old mobile phones is harmful for the environment. Once they end up as landfill, these toxic substances can leak out and contaminate the soil.
Where to recycle mobile phones
There are many ways to recycle old mobile phones and be environmentally friendly at the same time. These include
- phone retailers
- online phone retailers
Many high street phone retailers offer take-back schemes. They can recondition your phone and pass it on to a Third World country. Check with the retailer that you are happy with their scheme before you leave your phone with them.
Many large charities offer a phone recycling scheme. They earn money for every phone they collect use it to fund their charity. Check with the charity that you are happy with their scheme before you leave your phone with them.
Online phone retailers
Online phone retailers will buy your old mobile phone. Some give you the option to donate a percentage of your phone’s value to a charity of your choice.
Online phone retailers include: