Consumers urged to recycle used mobiles for charity

2 January 2009 — 4:00 PM

With Christmas now over, consumers are being urged to recycle old mobile phones for charity.

In an article for the Sidmouth Herald, it is noted that many people will have received the latest phones as Christmas presents - meaning many used devices will now be going spare.

The newspaper states charities including the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) could use the cash for old mobiles to help people across the world.

Paul Fretwell, senior fundraising manager for WCRF, said that there were many ways in which older models can be traded in and put to better use.

"The plastic from the case can be melted down to make road traffic cones or the phone can be reused in developing countries."

Of course, for those who were not lucky enough to receive a new mobile this year, the money generated from recycling old phones could be used to purchase one of the latest models - such as the Apple iPhone 3G.

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