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Top 6 Reasons to Recycle your Mobile Phone

Tuesday 16 November 2010
  1. Because you get paid!  You can sell your old mobile phone for cash or vouchers.  Even broken phones can earn you some money.
  2. Because it's good for the planet.  It reduces the amount of rubbish going into landfills.  Mobile phones contain poisonous elements such as lead, cadmium and beryllium that can damage wildlife and harm our health, so the fewer that enter landfills the better.
  3. It helps other people too.  Often, mobile phones that are sold to recycling companies are sent to poorer countries, they are a vital link for people who've never had a phone before.
  4. To make a mobile phone uses up the equivalent energy of almost 40 gallons of petrol, so the more mobile phones that can be recycled the more we can conserve our dwindling energy resources.
  5. The mobile phone manufacturing industry generates over 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.  That's an enormous carbon footprint that would be reduced if we could recycle phones a little more.
  6. Mobile phones contain metals such as gold, platinum and palladium.  Although these are only in small quantities, it's estimated that there are around 80 million phones lying around, unused.  That's a lot of precious metals that can be recycled, reducing the impact of mining for these metals on our environment.

See the full Top 6 Reasons to Recycle your Mobile Phone article.

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