This September is definitely hotting up to be the most exciting time for the smartphone industry. There are rumours of not one, but two variants of the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Mix that with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Nokia Lumia 530, among others, and you have the ingredients for a smartphone extravaganza.

However, one question that will no doubt be asked by those who are planning on being one of the first to try out the next generation of smartphone is ‘what should I do with my current mobile?’

This question isn’t just relevant for the tech-savvy person wanting to try out a new device this year; it also applies to those who actually have a few older handsets gathering dust somewhere in the house.

Well, if a bag of used mobile phones (approximately 41 handsets) contains a gram of gold once recycled, the answer is pretty clear! Electronics is fast becoming one of the main offending industries in waste, and the metals and materials used in mobile phones can cause damage to the environment.

Janez Poto?nik, the european commissioner for environment, recently highlighted the mass amount of waste that is produced by electronics and promoted what he called a “circular economy”, in which Europe will be a society that has no waste.

When you think about the amount of people who bought a phone in the last year, and compare it to those who will be lining up for one of the newest releases in September, it’s easy to see why the amount of electronic waste is highlighted. For example, Apple sold approximately 35.2 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2014 alone. If most of these consumers were upgrading from an older handset, rather than being a first-time smartphone user, what has happened to the millions of used devices?

If you are planning on treating yourself to a new smartphone, and haven’t decided to give your existing one away to a relative or friend, then recycling it is the way to go! Not only would you be doing your bit for the environment, you can even earn some money which you wouldn’t get from just throwing it away!

Trading in your phone for cash can be a surprising aid in this financial climate, and depending on the handset you are getting rid of and, of course, the condition it’s in, you can receive a fair amount of money for it! If you are wanting to sell an iPhone 5 in order to be one of the first to use the shiny new iPhone 6, you can expect to get over £100 through trading in your phone.

Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801745175-ADNFCR

Written by Mazuma

Mazuma Mobile is the UK's most trusted mobile phone recycling service.

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