Council urges people to recycle mobile phones

8 December 2009 — 10:35 AM

People in the UK tend to throw out 15 per cent more waste during the festive season.

With people in the UK throwing away an estimated 15 per cent more rubbish during the Christmas period than at other times of the year, Erewash Borough Council is urging residents to think twice before putting recyclable items in the bin.

The Ilkeston Advertiser reported that packaging, plastic containers and jars can all be recycled at the kerb.

However, these are not the only items that can be recycled. As gadgets - including mobile phones - are popular gift items at Christmas, it is worth considering alternative ways to dispose of older, unwanted models.

"We need to drastically reduce the amount of rubbish that we send to landfill," said John Allsop, county council cabinet minister for recycling.

Earlier this week, CNet editor Brian Cooley advised that people who plan to recycle their mobile phones may first wish to clear their personal data from their handset.

He suggested backing up any files they wish to keep - including photos, contact details and mp3s - before fully deleting their private information.

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