Recycling is a great way to make the most out of available resources while protecting the environment at the same time. As a society we are becoming more proficient at recycling, finding innovative uses for products that previously we disposed of. Whether it is crushing down aluminium cans and sorting paper from glass, recycling is now commonplace and a way of life. However, many people do not realise that they can recycle mobile phone handsets too.
Upgrades and Recycling
Phone upgrades can happen very frequently. Perhaps your handset has been damaged, or your contract allows upgrades at certain times of the year. While people are always eager to upgrade their phone to get the latest features and deals, all too often the recycling opportunities are overlooked. Once the new model has arrived, old phones are discarded, usually left in the back of an old draw or simply thrown out. A recent report by Ofcom has estimated that there are up to three hundred and fifteen million phones gathering dust in homes across the country. These phones can easily be recycled and help others in the process. So next time you upgrade, just remember to deal with your old model at the same time.
How You Can Recycle
If you want to recycle mobile phones, it is good to know that there are two main options available. The first option breaks down the phone into its main parts, to see if the components can go towards making another handset. This not only makes the most of available resources, but it also requires very little energy and therefore saves on emissions.
The second option helps other countries who do not have such easy access to mobile phones. By sending phones away to countries where mobile phones are a rarity, you can help keep families and communities in contact with one another. We are all aware of how important it is to keep in touch, so help spread the privilege to others.
Recycling And The Environment
Taking a phone apart to use it to make other phones is just one way that you can help protect the environment. Mobile phones contain certain materials that either do not decompose well in landfill sites, or can pose a serious risk to their surroundings. Mobile phones are ranked as low, medium and high concern when it comes to measuring how hazardous they are. With dangerous chemicals that could infect soil and therefore ecosystems, it is important to see whether these parts can continue to be used elsewhere. If they are kept in use, then they do not harm the environment, and save the cost and energy required to make a replacement.
Recycling a mobile phone handset is both charitable and good for the environment. The quick and easy process makes recycling your mobile as simple as any other recycling process. So next time you get a new handset just remember, ‘now it is time to recycle my mobile’.