Could your company go green by recycling mobile phones?

25 March 2010 — 2:09 PM

Mobile recycling can protect the environment.

Recycling mobile phones may become a popular initiative launched at many UK organisations in order to improve their green credentials.

According to the Environment Agency, more can be done by organisations in the hotel, restaurant and shop sectors in particular.

At the start of April, the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme comes into effect and requires some companies to reduce their energy consumption, supported by reputational and financial benefits.

Companies that put in place a recycling mobile phone initiative could be viewed positively by both employees and customers.

Speaking about the need to go green, the Environment Agency's head of climate change and sustainable development Tony Grayling said: "In most cases the savings on energy bills will outweigh the costs of the energy saving measures."

One green firm that enables businesses to recycle their old mobile phones is Envirofone, which pays money for handsets straight into customers' bank accounts.

Julie Snape, head of marketing at Envirofone, says: "Once the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme starts in April, businesses are going to have to sit up and really think about the energy they consume. Recycling mobile phones is an easy and financially beneficial way to boost your green credentials."

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