Mobile phone recycling reaches record high

23 January 2009 — 5:00 PM

The number of people recycling mobile phones has grown to a record level, according to a new survey.

Research conducted by Regenersis, a Europe-wide company that handles the management of mobile recycling, said over the course of 2008 it had processed more than two million old handsets.

The firm, which claims to be one of the largest offering such services in Europe, added this figure equates to one device being recycled every 15 seconds.

However, it warned the majority of people - some 99 per cent - were failing to delete all of their personal information before handing over their used mobile phones.

Commenting on this, Regenersis managing director Mark Franklin said: "Data clearance of these handsets is critical to ensure the security of those who entrust their unwanted mobiles to us."

For many people, recycling can be a good way to generate cash to for the latest phones - as well as greener way to get rid of their old ones.

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