Mobile recycling 'is very simple'

27 May 2010 — 11:20 AM

Consumers could consider mobile recycling as an option.

Mobile recycling is very easy to do and can give people money, it has been suggested.

Research from Consumer Focus found the UK is sitting on an estimated 85 million old mobile phones that could be turned into cash with Envirofone.

The survey, conducted for the watchdog by ICM, revealed that almost seven out of ten mobile phone users - 68 per cent - have at least one old handset at home.

Mike Webster, spokesperson for the leading environmental organisation Wastewatch, said: "It is very important now that mobile phones are such fast moving items, that they are recycled. Your average phone is full of 27 rarer metals."

He added there is no reason not to do it as it is very simple and can you can get paid for it.

According to Ovum, around eight million mobile phones were recycled in the UK last year, twice the number that were put through the process two years ago.

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