Mobile recycling and creating a "zero-waste nation"

14 October 2009 — 5:00 PM

Hilary Benn outlined the governments future green plans

Consumers recycling mobile phones may be buoyed by calls for less waste and more environmentally-friendly processes.

At a recent summit attended by local authority and waste industry representatives, environment secretary Hilary Benn said Britain needed to move forward in becoming a more responsible nation.

He explained that consumers need to consider how they treat waste and wherever possible recycle rather than allow items to be sent to sites where they can cause further damage.

"Why do we send valuable items like aluminium and food waste to landfill when we can turn them into new cans and renewable energy?" he asked. "We must now work together to build a zero-waste nation."

In addition, secretary of state for communities and local government John Denham added that failing to take advantage of recycling opportunities was "missing a major opportunity".

Those looking to trade in used phones for a greener model may be interested in the new LG GD510 Pop - which comes with an integrated solar panel.

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