Expert advises: Dig out your old gadgets

22 December 2008 — 6:05 PM

There are a number of electrical items including used mobile phones that are sat in storage and should be recycled, according to one expert.

In a recent interview for Computer Active, a spokesman for the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) said consumers need to do more to make sure their old gadgets are being reused.

Project manager for Wrap, Gerrard Fisher, said many people had items in their homes that they did not realise could be better made use of elsewhere, as they may now have more up-top-date versions.

"Most items that were bought were replacements, such as new kettles or toasters or mobile phones. But the old ones are just usually stored somewhere," he said.

The article adds that with Christmas around the corner, many people will be expecting new gadgets and as such, more should be done to recycle mobile phones and other unwanted electricals.

Wrap's three primary objectives are to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfill, reduce carbon emissions and increase economic savings.

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