Recycling an old mobile could protect the planet

24 March 2010 — 6:00 PM

Recycling an old mobile could help you protect the environment.

Businesses across the UK have been reminded of the importance of recycling electrical items - such as mobile phones - for the sake of the planet.

The Environment Agency has suggested that anyone importing, rebranding or manufacturing electrical or electronic equipment must register with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.

WEEE Regulations were introduced in an attempt to ensure that less of it is sent to landfill and more of it is re-used, something which recycling an old mobile phone can also ensure.

The Environment Agency has also stated that it is looking to make sure that rogue traders are caught.

Yorkshire WEEE team leader Peter Stevenson said: "We’re always looking, in a variety of ways, to identify companies which potentially should be registered."

He added that businesses will be contacted and if it is discovered they should have been registered, they will be prosecuted with charges for every year missed.

The principal aims of the Environment Agency are to protect and improve the environment and to promote sustainable development.

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