Each year we Brits upgrade more than 20 million old mobile phones (some as new as a few months old!). In theory, that’s 20 million handsets annually winging their way to your local landfill for a dull thousand years or so spent degrading and decaying.
Well, we assume that’s what they do. We quite simply don’t know how long it takes for materials like plastic to degrade, although most scientists are in agreement that the figure is somewhere between five hundred years and a few centuries.
It’s not just the hard plastic outer shell of mobile phones that can cause harm. Mobile phones contain many scarce, valuable metals that are harvested during the mobile phone recycling process to be reused in the production of a broad range of other devices. Also on the table in terms of reclamation are non-toxics like glass.
Toxic compounds might not be the thing you most want next to your ear, but they’re crucial in the make-up of mobile phones. Compounds like copper, cadmium, beryllium, arsenic (yes, really!) and that old eco-demon – lead – can all cause harmful environmental effects. Lead in particular is a nasty piece of work in terms of polluting every living thing it meets.
When you sell your mobile to us, we guarantee NONE of the unused components and raw materials end up in a landfill. Anything we can’t harvest is sent back to you so it’s your problem – just kidding! We follow strict EU guidelines to make sure every spare is dealt with ethically and as effectively as possible.