As a nation, we are becoming much more conscious about the need to recycle. In the last few years, the number of UK households which recycle regularly has risen to nearly 40%, thanks to schemes by councils making it much easier for us to recycle from home. This increase suggests that consumers will recycle if the process is simplified. Collecting all your glass bottles and jars to take to the local bottle bank is much less appealing than simply putting them in a recycling box in your house and remembering to lift it outside on the right day.
Recycling isn’t just for bottles and cans, however. There are all kinds of products that you can recycle to help both the environment and others, and mobile phone recycling is just one of these. We’ve aimed to make the process of recycling your phone just as easy as recycling those glass bottles on your doorstep, but first of all – just why should you recycle your phone?
Mobile phones contain toxic substances such as Cadmium, Lead Solder, Palladium and Rhodium. If thrown away without being recycled, these can leak into the environment causing damage and contamination. With an estimated four redundant handsets per household in the UK, and with consumers upgrading their phones every year on average, this leads to millions of toxic handsets lying around with the potential to harm our planet.
The usual routine on upgrading a phone is that you’ll keep hold of your former handset for a while, until you realise that you couldn’t go back to it because it’s so outdated, or even because you’ve upgraded even further. At this point you might think, “I wonder if I should sell my Nokia that’s been stuck in a drawer for ages?” but after a quick search you’ll find that it’s been so long that it’s hardly worth the effort and you might as well just throw it in a bin.
We’re here to encourage every mobile phone owner in the UK to stop throwing away their old Nokia phones and other redundant handsets, but to recycle a Nokia phone, make yourself some cash, save the environment and help others in developing countries at the same time. Plus, the sooner you do it, the more money you are likely to make for yourself.
What Happens to My Old Phone?
First and foremost, you’ll pocket a nice cheque, bank transfer or Argos voucher (you choose) for yourself and you’ll know that your phone’s not going to be making its way to a landfill site to leak its toxic chemicals into the soil anytime soon, so that’s win-win for starters.
Secondly, your phone will not be recycled in the sense that its parts will be processed to be used elsewhere or destroyed in a sustainable manner. Our recycling philosophy is to reuse your old phones by sending them to developing markets in places such as China, Africa, Pakistan and India. Communication is such a vital part of development these days, and by sending your old phones to these nations, we are collectively helping them to advance.