Recycling mobiles 'keeps harmful chemicals out of water'
18 December 2009 — 10:20 AM
It is important to not throw away electronic items such as old mobile phones, a US association has noted.
The Merced County Association of Governments has issued a number of recycling tips for those who are looking to make their Christmas holidays greener.
December is often a peak time for people to replace their old mobile phones either with gifts or because of discount prices, but it is essential that these gadgets are disposed of safely.
The Merced Sun Star reported that hazardous substances including lead, mercury and cadmium can all be found in old handsets and it is important these are not sent to landfill as they can leach into underground water sources.
People who are considering recycling an old mobile and replacing it with a newer model may wish to consider one of the new 'green' handsets currently on the market, according to Medill Reports.
The news source noted that gadgets such as the Motorola Renew - made from recycled plastic bottles and touted as the first carbon-neutral mobile in the world - are becoming increasingly popular.
News brought to you by envirofone.com the UK's largest mobile phone recycling company
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