Those who receive a new mobile handset under the tree this Christmas may wish to consider recycling their old model, a US-based news channel has suggested.
Handsets do not even necessarily need to be working to be recycled, 9 News noted, adding that broken items such as a dropped Apple iPhone can sometimes also be sent in to be disposed of.
Recycling keeps the gadgets out of landfills, the news site added, noting that there can also be cashback incentives for handset models – the most money is available for mobiles that are less than five years old.
Christmas is also a popular time to replace gadgets such as iPods and mp3 players with the latest models – older versions of these gadgets can also be recycled, rather than simply being dropped in the bin.
Those who plan on recycling their mobile should first make sure they clear their handset of any personal information – including contact details and old messages – before sending it away, according to CNet editor Brian Cooley.
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Posted by Joanne Grimshaw