Recycling mobile phones 'can make a difference'

7 June 2010 — 6:50 PM

Recycling mobile phones 'can make a difference'

Mobile recycling can make a difference to the environment as well as give you some extra money to put towards a new handset.

According to recycling manager for the City of Lincoln Council Peter Metcalfe, mobile recycling helps cut down on the amount of natural resources mined for use in such devices in countries like Rwanda, the Lincolnshire Echo reports.

The African nation was the host of World Environment Day on Saturday (June 5th) and Mr Metcalfe explained mobile recycling will prevent further damage to the natural habitat of gorillas.

"If you recycle an old mobile phone you are reducing the amount of coltan which is needed and therefore helping to prevent deforestation for mining and the threat to gorillas," he was quoted as saying.

Coltan is widely used in the production of mobile handsets, along with other natural resources such as copper.

As well as saving the environment, recycling mobile phones can also help consumers raise money to purchase a new device, such as the recently launched Apple iPad.

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