Recycle mobile phones, Torridge residents told

14 June 2010 — 1:24 PM

Recycling mobile phones is one way to go green

A green council scheme in Devon is to encourage residents to recycle mobile phones and other electrical equipment that is no longer wanted.

June 21st-27th marks Recycle Week and Torridge District Council has organised an event to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of the practice.

According to the local authority, small electronic items, such as mobile phones, will be the focus of the Recycle Now initiative, giving users the chance to ditch an old handset and pick up a brand new one.

Adam Symons, councillor and Torridge District Council's lead member for waste and recycling, said electrical goods contain precious metals, "as well as some hazardous ones. That's why it is important that we get them recycled - get the precious bits out - and make sure that the nasty bits stay away from landfill".

Recycle Now believes that recycling items can help conserve energy resources, protect the environment and reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill.

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