Mobile phone recycling facts and figures

The bad news:

Every year, up to 250 Million mobile phones are replaced worldwide by new models.

A recent survey by Nokia covering 13 countries suggests that, although only 4% of users’ old mobiles are actually thrown away and wasted on landfill, still less are actually recycled. The vast unsung majority are left at home and forgotten about – 44% of old phones are just laying around people’s homes.

UK consumer group Consumer Focus estimates there are 85 million unused mobiles in the UK, and 11% of their survey’s respondents admitted hoarding five handsets at once.

The good news:

Eight million mobiles were recycled in the UK in 2009 and this figure is growing

Mobile phone recycling can help in many ways. Australian mobile phone recycling campaign ‘Old Phones, More Trees’ has in two years resulted in 175,000 trees being planted from the proceeds of recycling over 56 tonnes of mobile phones and accessories.

One tonne of old mobile phones can yield 150 grams of gold. That’s 30 times more than a tonne of ore from a gold mine, preserving the planet’s precious resources.

Consumers also benefit. People who sell phones to mobile recycling services will receive an average of £65. Some handsets could be worth over £200.

To date, Mazuma Mobile has paid out over £60million for old mobiles and it doesn’t stop there.

Recycling old phones is so easy. So dig out your old mobiles and start changing the figures. You know it makes sense.

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Easy as pie

Getting cash for phones has never been as easy as it is today. As the owner of an unwanted handset, you have it in your power to make up to £200 in a matter of minutes.

Here at Mazuma Mobile, we’ve paid more than £60million pounds to mobile phone owners to date and are waiting to hand out even more. The value of your phone is updated regularly so all you need to do is enter your phone’s model or IMEI number to find out how much it is worth. Accept the offer of payment and you’ll shortly receive a prepaid envelope through the post, into which you place your mobile. Then post it and await payment. It really is that simple.

The phone-specific Data Delete Tool addresses concerns about the safety of your personal information, or friends’ contact details. Just follow the simple on-screen steps to ensure your phone is free from anything which could identify you.

There are many options for receiving your cash, too, including a same-day bank transfer. This means that as soon as your phone is accepted, you can be paid straight into your bank account. What could be easier than that?

A word of warning: while you can increase the value of your sale by being quick off the mark, you lose money by procrastinating. Phones depreciate rapidly and the price you’re offered is always in line with market values.

Otherwise, choosing to sell your mobile is a truly simple way to raise some cash.

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Generosity is its own reward

With rising costs and income more often than not increasing to match, it’s important to stretch our money as far as possible. Yet good causes are also suffering and require more help to achieve their goals. It may seem impossible to help them all, but here are 5 easy ways to give and support others without digging into your own pockets:

  1. Gift Aid. UK taxpayers who already support a charity can make their donation go further at the expense of Her Majesty. Gift aid will add an extra 20% to your donation straight from your income tax.
  2. Sell old mobiles for cash. Selfish? Not when you use Mazuma Mobile, as we send working phones to developing nations who would otherwise not be able to afford such good handsets. Mobile recycling is good for the planet, too, so everyone wins.
  3. Donate someone else’s money. Online shoppers can visit easyfundraising.org.uk which has links to many popular shopping sites. If you purchase using one of their links, they’ll donate 15% directly to a cause of your choice, costing you nothing!
  4. Donating to charity shops. Make space for your new purchases by donating what you no longer use. Some charities even put bags through your door to fill, and collect a few days later – easy.
  5. Give your time. You can make someone’s day by simply offering a smile or a ‘hello’, and you’ll feel great about it too.

These are all win-win situations. Everybody benefits and it costs you nothing. Try them.

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A recipe for disaster

Take copper, steel, aluminium, plastic and precious metals; add lead, a sprinkling of deadly cadmium, a dash of poisonous barium, rhodium and beryllium, and mix. Leave to stand for a couple of years, and throw away. Take one atmosphere, and add greenhouse gases for extra heat. Allow poisonous substances to leak into the ground and infect the water system. Drink.

Sounds crazy? Actually, this is what happens every day as people fail to recycle mobile phones, letting them find their way to landfill instead. Sadly, irresponsible disposal of the raw ingredients of a mobile phone is indeed a recipe for disaster. Phones contain both poisonous substances which are highly dangerous if allowed to leak into the environment, and limited precious metals such as gold.

It is estimated that only 1 in 10 mobiles are recycled at the moment but this number is increasing which is great news for the planet. Mobile phone recycling not only reclaims reusable products and allows hazardous substances to be dealt with responsibly, it also reduces greenhouse emissions.

In addition, at Mazuma Mobile we believe that reuse is the best possible form of phone recycling, allowing us to prolong the useful life of a phone’s ingredients. As a result, a vast majority of phones sent for recycling are reconditioned and distributed for use abroad. Those who take steps to recycle will also benefit from generous cash payments for their old phones. As a result, mobile phone recycling is a winning recipe for all concerned.

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Remember the days..?

Those who remember a time before the truly portable handset can’t quite believe they actually managed to arrange and execute meetings without mobile phones: no status reports leading up to the allotted appointment, for example, or a bus journey without a phone for entertainment and company.

Mobiles today have become so integrated into our lives that it’s virtually unthinkable to go without one. These days, the number of uses for phones continues to increase with advances in technology, we organize our lives, surf the internet, listen to music and so much more. For some, new technology is the main draw, and the use of a phone for actual calls a mere afterthought. For others, a mobile’s most basic functions are all that is required.

As your needs change over time, it’s good to know there’s a phone out there to suit every taste and requirement, and a huge variety of deals to accommodate all types of user. Contract users will usually upgrade their handset every 12-24 months and those on pay-as-you-go deals are free to follow their desire for a new phone whenever they wish. Even better, as it’s now so easy to recycle old mobiles, you can upgrade with a clear conscience every time.

Mobile phone recycling helps people in developing countries have a far greater choice of top quality handsets too, because when you sell old mobiles for cash, we at Mazuma endeavour to recondition as many of your old handsets as possible and prolong their useful life abroad.

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Drop Boxes for Phone Recycling

As most are well aware surplus mobile phones are now becoming too plentiful and concerns have been raised by local, national and European governments as to how to curb the situation. Nowadays everybody has a spare mobile phone due to a recent upgrade or a broken battery, but in the eyes of many this is certainly not a good enough reason to leave them lying around and not depose of them correctly. In every effort to become a more eco friendly nation, the government has set about launching various recycling campaigns to make consumers aware of just how much damage they are doing without realising it to the environment.

Many are not aware of just how many parts of the mobile phone are actually recyclable. Whereas many believe that only the battery or perhaps the keypad are able to be recycled, in fact a staggering 96% of the phone can easily be put to good use. One particularly original way of encouraging citizens to be greener has been thought through by some food chains, in particular a pizza shop who offers free slices of pizza when the customer leaves their unwanted mobile phone in the “drop box”.

Others opt to exchange their old mobiles for cash, which is of obvious economical benefit to the customer; however should they opt for mobile phone recycling, they are also doing their bit for the environment.

At Mazuma Mobile, you can recycle your mobile phones for cash.

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Reluctant Recyclers

When considering what happens to a mobile phone when it reaches the end of its life, we think of one of three places, either in a landfill, some sort of rubbish bin or simply in someone’s bottom drawer. The amount of discarded mobiles in Britain easily reaches the millions, of which less than 10% are actually recycled. Of course if this is to be added to the tonnes of waste created on a daily basis, it becomes particularly alarming for the British government when trying to defend their country when it comes to environmental matters.

However despite many attempts to get recycling initiatives off the ground, it would still seem that consumers have not yet come around to the idea of mobile phone recycling.

Despite their numerous efforts, it would seem however that the population on the whole is still quite reluctant to recycle phones even if it is at no cost to them. What seems to have had more of an effect is the handing in of old mobiles for cash, as there is some sort of economical value in it for them. It should be remembered that we all have an impact on the environment and should therefore all recycle especially when it is as easy as handing over your old, unused mobile phone. It has never been easier to take part.

At Mazuma Mobile, we can advise you on the best way to recycle your mobile phone; you can even sell your phone, as we take old mobiles for cash.

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Be Green with Your Mobile

Pressure from local and national authorities is always rising to encourage the average citizen to take an active part in recycling in general. There is almost no neighbourhood now that does not have access to the standard recycling bins in the hope that the population will use them effectively. Whilst these projects have been carried out successfully and citizens seem to be more aware of mass recycling capacity, there are still some areas that haven’t been completely covered, one of them being the ever growing mobile phone industry.

Whilst not so long ago only the young had access to this type of technology, nowadays it is an industry which is easily accessible to any aged citizen, extending from as young as 6 or 7 year-olds, through to the elderly, thus there is a real need to promote the recycling of old or indeed out of date mobiles. Many sell them for extra cash or hand them down to younger siblings or children as they are not aware of any other options, however another more than viable option is to hand them in to a phone shop exchanging old mobiles for cash. Phone recycling for cash or a reduction on a new contract is an easy and beneficial way to dispose of your mobile phone and at the same time you contribute to the protection of the environment as a member of society.

At Mazuma Mobile we can help you in your mobile phone recycling by enabling you to taking your old mobiles for cash.

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