Mobile phone recycling could rise after BBC environmental insight

11 March 2010 — 10:36 AM

Mobile phone recycling could increase in popularity

Efforts to increase mobile phone recycling may increase after a BBC programme has revealed the issue of illegal waste exports to poorer countries.

The Inside Out programme on BBC revealed that countries such as Ghana are receiving tonnes of waste electronic and electrical products via illegal export gangs in the UK.

Such information could be a cause of concern for socially and environmentally aware Britons who want to make sure their used mobile phones are properly disposed of.

Choosing Envirofone's mobile phone recycling service could prove beneficial, as many recycled handsets become a less expensive alternative for individuals in developing countries.

"We are getting good at recycling bottles and cans, but what about old electricals?" the BBC asked.

Mobile phone recycling could become even more popular, especially as awareness grows around the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

This legislation effects a number of organisations, including businesses with waste with electrical or electronic equipment that needs to be disposed of.

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