Consumers urged to recycle their old mobiles

26 May 2010 — 3:44 PM

Mobile recycling could put money in your pocket.

People in the UK could wish to consider selling an old mobile phone for cash with Envirofone, if recent research is anything to go by.

Findings from ICM, on behalf of Consumer Focus, revealed there are an estimated 85 million old phones in this country alone.

The group is urging people to put their handsets to good use, such as sending them to a recycling company.

Mobile phone expert at Consumer Focus Hannah Bullivant said: "We discard millions of phones every year with one in ten admitting they simply put their old handsets in the bin. These are sophisticated bits of kit that can still be used or recycled."

Jon Butler, creative brand manager at Envirofone, said: "Many people have old, unused handsets that are simply lying around the home. By sending them in to Envirofone you know they'll be disposed of responsibly and you could make yourself a tidy little sum of money to go towards a new model."

She added that by throwing phones away people are wasting huge amounts of money and needlessly adding to Britain's "landfill mountains".

People who choose to recycle their old phone with Envirofone could use the cash they receive to purchase an Apple iPad, which is set to be launched in the UK on Friday (May 28th).

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