Writer bemoans her 'green mobile phone'

6 January 2009 — 2:58 PM

With many companies fearfully awaiting the results of the 2009 Landfill Prize, a new article has turned attention to some of the difficulties surrounding mobile recycling.

In a piece for the Guardian's Ethical Living Blog this week, Lucy Siegle notes that the annual award - which shames the most overpackaged products of the previous year - is one that "manufacturers will not be keen to grab".

She states that one contender she would like to nominate is her own used mobile phone, which "is apparently biodegradable" yet "cannot be recycled via the normal route".

Ms Siegle goes on to say that mobile phone recycling - as with other innovations - should be "better for humanity" rather than a slave to fashion.

However, there are more options available to those looking to make use of their unwanted handsets that do not involve landfill sites or compost heaps - such as selling old mobile phones for cash.

A recent article for the Sidmouth Herald noted the number of new devices received as Christmas presents, used models could be traded in with the money being used to benefit charities such as the World Cancer Research Fund.

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