People encouraged to recycle old mobiles
Consumers in the US are being encouraged to recycle old mobilephones this week as part of a national campaign.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched its Plug-in to eCycling week, which is aimed at highlighting the importance of mobile recycling instead of throwing them in the bin.
According to the organisation, mobiles that cannot be reused are usually almost 100 per cent recyclable, can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
"Phones and accessories are made from valuable materials such as precious metals, copper, and plastics - all of which require energy to extract and manufacture," the EPA explained.
"Recycling cell phones results in environmental savings."
If you want to trade in your mobile, then the money you receive could be handy for putting towards your next handset.
For example, cash received for recycling an old Sony Ericsson might be useful when settling the bill for a brand new iPhone 3G.
Trade-in your old mobile phone for cash