How to recycle a mobile phone

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How to recycle a mobile phone
Go green and recycle your old mobile phone. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you've got a drawer full of old mobile telephones then consider recycling them. Mobile phones contain plastics, metal and valuable materials, such as silver, which can all be removed and re-used. Up to 80 percent of a mobile phone is recyclable, according to the United Kingdom government-backed Recycle Now organisation. Recycling benefits the environment by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill tips. Choose from several ways to recycle your old mobile phone.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Ask the supplier of your new mobile telephone to take your old phone when you upgrade. Mobile phone shops will ensure the phone is recycled. Many will also pay you a small part-exchange fee.

  2. 2

    Take your old mobile phone to the local household recycling centre. Run by local councils, recycling centres process a wide range of solid and household waste that would otherwise go to landfill. Recycling centres include dedicated receptacles for recycling mobile phones and other small electrical items.

  3. 3

    Donate your unwanted mobile phone to a charity shop. If you have upgraded your mobile phone and the old phone is still in good working order, donate it to a charity or second-hand shop so that someone else can benefit. If the charity shop can't sell the phone it, will recycle it.

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    Sign up for an online mobile phone recycling scheme that will pay you a small sum to take the mobile phone off your hands. Enter your phone details on the recycling company's website to find out how much you will receive for your phone. If you agree, register for the service and the recycling company will send you a postage paid envelope. Send off your mobile phone and you will receive a cheque in return.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the SIM card and all personal numbers and date from your mobile phone before recycling.

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