The Landfill Life of Your Mobile Phone

Many of the 20 million or so old mobile phones we upgrade annually in the UK end up at the back of a draw at home! However a massive number are simply deposited in the bin by their owners. A lot of folks are unaware of how easy it is to recycle mobile phones.

Mobile phones contain peripheral substances that can be harmful to the environment when not disposed of properly. Typical toxic compounds include copper, lead, cadmium and beryllium (and let’s not forget the unsettling fact that arsenic is commonly present in the makeup of some mobile phones!)

In addition to such toxic compounds, an unpleasant array of non-toxic materials (e.g. precious metals, glass and plastics) can be found in almost any mobile phone. Arguably plastics are the most difficult to dispose of, as plastic is fairly indestructible in terms of natural degradation. Estimates range from 500 to 1000 years!

Around 40% of the lead found in landfills is thought to originate from disposed electronics. Lead can be incredibly harmful to all of us, and by that we mean plants, animals and people! If we can’t refurbish your phone or harvest spares, we DON’T just dump it in a landfill. Components are separated and disposed of using sanctioned methods.

If you don’t know whether you can be bothered with mobile phone recycling, we urge you to take a look at how much cash your old phone could make you. Combined environmental and financial benefits are sure to outweigh letting your old phone gather dust in the back of a draw!

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Everybody Loves Facts!

Little titbits of information can be fantastically useful! Just in case you don’t have time to actually study the history and culture of modern mobile phones, here are a few fascinating little facts for you to whip out at dinner parties… or at the pub… or when you see our advert on TV!

•    More than 20 million old mobile phones are upgraded annually in the UK (that’s 20 million opportunities to sell mobile phones for cash!)
•    The average UK household secrets away four or more unused mobile phones, equating to more than 50 million potential devices for mobile phone recycling!
•    Current figures estimate mobile phone ringtones account for around 15% of total music downloads.
•    The very first SMS text message was sent via the Vodaphone network in December 1992 between test engineers Neil Papworth and Richard Jarvis. It read “Merry Christmas”
•    The Chinese mobile phone market is the fastest growing globally, with many poorer Chinese investing in refurbished mobile phones like ours.
•    Japan and China suffer the highest rates of spam text messaging in the world (up to 70% of total message in some cases)
•    Nobody can be sure how long a mobile phone takes to fully degrade in a landfill, as we simply haven’t been around long enough! Research estimates the period as being anything from 500 years to a millennia.
•    The first mobile phone call was made by Dr Martin Cooper (then Director of Research and Development at Motorola) in April 1973.

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Remember to Delete Personal Data from Your Phone!

Mobile phone recycling is great for both your pocket AND the environment. But before handing in your old mobiles for cash, it’s important to make sure your data doesn’t get passed on with your old phone. Photos, phone numbers, text messages and even settings should be removed before you sell your mobile phone.

Most folks buy online these days, but if you bought your new phone in a store, the odds are good that they’ll be happy to oblige you on your requests to wipe information from your old phone. Most stores provide data transfer services for network customers to make it easier for you to transfer settings etc and then clear information on one fell swoop.

Not everybody has the time to nip to the shops, so feel free to use our Mobile Data Delete Tool. The service is free and can be tailored to your phone by choosing make and model from the drop down menu. Pop in your name and email address and we’ll be sure to email you the relevant free instructions for your phone. Removing personal information using our free Mobile Delete Data Tool is the best way to be sure your information is safely in your hands only.

Tip: Remember to remove the micro SD memory cards from your old phones before sending them to us. Also remove SIM cards or call your operator to have the phone removed from your account (e.g.  in the case of iPhones)

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Recycled, Refurbished, REVIVED!

If course it’s what our phone recycling website is all about, but we thought we use today’s blog entry to recap some of the brilliant reasons you should sell your old mobile phones to us!

•    The environment loves you! It can take anywhere from 500-1000 years for plastics to degrade in a landfill site. In all honesty, no plastic has been around long enough for us to observe the natural degradation process. We can refurbish and reuse around 95% of the phones we buy. That’s A LOT of saved landfill space! Mazuma are a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sanctioned treatment facility, meaning we’re officially recognised as adhering to strict environmental disposal standards.
•    If you’re not happy with our service then we’ll send your phone back. Although we quote prices based on model, sometimes phones arrive in a state where it isn’t possible to refurbish (we try to use these ones for spares) If we email you a revised offer that you’re not happy with, you’re free to decline it and ask us to send your phone back to you free of charge.
•    We’re here for business and private customers. Phone banks are becoming incredibly popular in the UK. We offer a free courier service to businesses or charities recycling ten phones or more.

Remember to delete personal information from your phone before you send it to us. Of course we can clear everything when we refurbish your phone, but you never know what brilliant photos and hilarious texts you might miss out on rediscovering!

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Mazuma Loves Nokia!

Of course we don’t like to play favourites, but Nokia phones are amongst the most sought-after in burgeoning mobile phone industries such as those in China, India, Pakistan and Africa. Our phone recycling scheme aims to bring efficient, reliable old mobile phones (fully refurbished of course!) to those who need them most, at a price they can afford.

So, why does everybody love Nokia?

•    Arguably the original user-friendly template, Nokia still prides itself on simple continuation of design. Take the menu for example, the typical Nokia menu is perhaps one of the easiest to use on the market (and has been for years!) and similarities span across models, making it easier to use other’s phones or adapt to upgrades.
•    The overall user-friendly interface of Nokia mobile phones (e.g. easily identified icons, network bars etc) makes them ideal “first” options. In simple terms, almost everybody can navigate an unfamiliar Nokia phone with relative ease.
•    Easy personalisation (e.g. operator logo, welcome message, ringtones etc) might be something we’ve come to expect from the likes of iPhone and Android models, however it was Nokia who arguably pioneered the most practical personalisation tools.
•    Compatibility of components plays a huge role in the ever-growing popularity of Nokia. Everybody has an old Nokia charger knocking around somewhere!

Are you one of those folks with an old Nokia lurking in the shadows? Your faithful old Nokia could make you some lovely cash! Sell your phone to us and we promise to take good care of it on its journey from trash to treasure!

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We recycle phones and will pay you cash for yours

Mazuma Mobile recycles phones. We will buy your old mobile phones from you and then recycle them. So if you have any old mobile phones you might be able to make some cash out of it.

By registering on your website you will qualify for our recycle phones for cash system. When you get onto our website you can enter the brand name and model mobile phone that you want to sell and we will then display the price that we are willing to pay for it. If you are happy with the amount of money that we are offering then we will send you a free mail envelop which you then use to send the mobile phone to us.  Once we receive it we have to check the condition and if we are happy we will send you a cheque for the agreed amount.

The mobile phones have to be in a decent condition for us to be able to recycle phones.  If the phone is damaged and not working properly we can also buy it from you. There are certain conditions for this. If the screen is for example not working then we will not buy it from you. If the display screen is bleeding, we will also not buy it. It also has to be in one piece as we will not buy any mobile phones that are broken to pieces.

A working mobile phone should be able to switch on and off, the display screen must be working and it must be able to make calls and receive text messages.

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Phone recycling for cash – getting something back

The world is a changed place and long gone are the days where people just did something good for the environment without getting anything in return. Not that we are saying that people should get something physically back for doing their bit to help the environment, but there is nothing like a reward to motivate people.

Mazuma Mobile has a great system where we do phone recycling for cash. If you have and old mobile phone or more than one laying around at home that you are not using then we will buy it from you. This phone recycling for cash systems will allow you to get rid of unwanted clutter and also to get some cash in hand for doing it. At the same time you will know that you are doing something positive for the environment.

And that is what we meant when we said that it is sometimes a good motivator to get something in return when you do a good deed for the environment. This phone recycling for cash system means that your old mobile phones will be discarded in the correct manner and if they are still fit for use we will sell them in places where less privileged people can not afford to buy new mobile phones.

To be able to help us to help the environment all you need to do is go to our website, register and take part in our phone recycling for cash program. You register, we offer you a price, you send your phone to us and we send the money to you. It really is as simple as that.

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Are your old mobile phones causing clutter?

If you are a British citizen and you have some old mobile phones in your possession then you can make some easy money. We have a mobile phones for cash service where we buy your old mobile phones for cash and the recycle them. We know that when most people get a new mobile phone or renew their mobile phone contracts they get a new mobile phone and the old one ends up taking space in a cupboard or at the back of a drawer.

This causes unnecessary clutter and if they are still around after some time they might end up being thrown out with the regular trash. This is bad because of two reasons. The first being that you are actually throwing cash into the bin, yes, throwing away your old mobile phones is like washing money down the drain. If you allow us to buy your old mobile phones for cash we will not only pay you but also make sure that they get either re used or disposed of in the correct manner which is not harmful to the environment.

It is a little known fact that certain electrical components which are used in the manufacturing and assembly of mobile phones are very harmful to the environment if they are not disposed of in the correct manner. There are various places where you can hand in your old phones for proper disposal but you will not really get anything out of it apart from doing your bit for the environment.

If you allow us to buy your old mobiles for cash we will make sure that those components can not harm the environment and also help you walk away with some cash that did not have to do anything for.

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