Getting rid of your old mobile phone isn’t just about decluttering. Cell phones have potentially noxious substances. Cadmium batteries can infect the water system and lead, brominated flame retardants and beryllium can also harm the environment if they are not disposed of properly.

So having your old handset end up in landfill is simply not an option. Even if it’s not working any more, the components can be used in different ways, and, in rare cases where event that can‘t happen, the device can be disposed of responsibly.

Most probably though, you can actually make some money when you decide “I’d like to sell my phone.” Online recycling companies will quote you a price and send a jiffy bag for the phone, which you can return freepost. (Send it by “Recorded Signed For” delivery which insures it for up to £41 and just costs a few pennies on top of standard postage.)

When you recycle Blackberry phones and the like, you should send them charged up and turned off, without the SIM or memory card, and remove any security or pin codes which could affect its testing. (Just choose “Reset factory setting” from the menu.)

When you sell Nokia phone handsets and other brands through Mazuma Mobile, we pay by cheque, bank transfer or in Argos vouchers. And we’ll offer you a free data delete tool. Get an instant quote today by just telling us what model you have. Learn more online.

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