The components in old mobile phones can sometimes be surprisingly toxic. That’s not to say the phones themselves are dangerous- when they are in good working order there is nothing toxic about a mobile phone at all. It’s when they get damaged and the components start to break down that problems can occur. The batteries in particular often contain heavy metals that can be harmful to the environment if they leach out and into the soil or the water table. As a general rule of thumb, the older the phone, the more likely it is to contain substances that shouldn’t be released into the environment.

These days there are regulations about what sort of materials can go into consumer electronics. Phones and batteries are better, smaller, and safer, but it also takes a very short time for a state of the art mobile to become outdated. Most of us have at least one or two old ones lying around.

You should never just throw away a mobile phone, even if it’s a really old, clunky model. There are plenty of ways to recycle phones safely and make some cash at the same time. You don’t have to put an ad on eBay or try to sell them down at the pub. Mazuma’s service is perfectly simple to use no matter what the make and model of your old phone is. Phone recycling for cash is easy, quick, and good for the environment- one of the few situations in life where everybody wins.

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