Mobile phone recycling under spotlight this week
6 April 2009 — 9:57 AM
Recycling mobile phones is something being encouraged in North America this week via a governmental campaign.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave some facts and figures to consumers as part of the April 6th to 12th Plug-in to eCycling week.
Instead of throwing them away, people should consider mobile phone recycling because handsets contain numerous components available for reuse.
Mobile recycling can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save enough energy per year to supply more than 18,000 homes with energy, the EPA said.
"Currently, only about ten per cent of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year," it added.
Those who want to take part despite not living in the US can do so by checking out how much money they can get for recycling their handset.
This could provide some handy cash to put towards a new model or one of the latest phones on the market, such as Apple's iPhone or the LG Viewty.
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