Vodafone and Nokia are encouraging businesses and users to recycle old or unused mobile phones. Nokia released a survey revealing that only three per cent of unused mobile phones are recycled taking into account the other billion unused mobile phones floating around in drawers, cupboards and under sofas. It is estimated that every year in the UK, 11.3 million handsets are thrown away.
Nokia revealed that between 65% and 80% of all devices are suitable for recycling, although only half of those people surveyed were unaware it possible to do so. Nokia offers an 85 country-wide voluntary recycling policy for unwanted phones to get more people bringing out their handsets.
Vodafone on the other hand are encouraging businesses to increase their mobile recycling to help the environment, raise money for charity and provide phones for less economically developed countries.
Vodafone is in partnership with Fonebak, a lead recycling company and is using money raised for charities including the National Autistic Society.
Each mobile phone contains a number of valuable materials, but only a low percentage gets recycled whereas the larger percentage is left in cupboards and drawers.
Remember, if you’re not a fan of giving things away, a number of websites including moneyforyourphone.com offer you the chance to recycle your handset and get some cash for doing so.
Your phone could be worth £50 or more for your phone. Have a look you may find some cash-worthy treasures lying around.