Recycle your old mobile phones, expert suggests

3 August 2010 — 11:44 AM

Recycle your old mobile phones, expert suggests

One writer has urged people to dig out their old mobile phones and recycle them, as this will generate cash and help protect the environment.

In an article for the Daily Mirror, Monica Cafferky said Britons regularly update their mobile phones and gadgets, leaving many with old versions cluttering up their homes.

A government-funded campaign entitled Recycle Now has been launched, which is designed to persuade people to recycle more.

Spokeswoman from the organisation Laura Underwood told the news provider each person "accumulates three new electrical items a year".

"But we find it harder to let old items go, as only one in five of our small electrical [products] get recycled," she added.

Ms Cafferky also noted iron, gold and copper are often extracted from mobile phones when they are recycled.

Mobile phone recycling could prove vital in boosting the UK's performance in green energy.

TheRenewableEnergyCentre.co.uk recently claimed the country's sustainability record lags behind other European nations, such as Germany.

Julie Snape, head of marketing at Envirofone, says: "Trading in your old handset helps the environment, and you could get a great deal too. Why not see how much you could get by trading in your old phone for cash?"

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