An estimated ninety million unused phones are lying in drawers and cupboards across the UK and only about 20% of mobiles are recycled. Mobiles can be reused and if broken can be recycled to raise money for charities.
Second-hand, reconditioned or remanufactured mobile phones are available through various second-hand electronic goods shops and online. Buying a second-hand mobile phone is likely to save you money and will also help prevent mobile phones that are in good condition from being disposed of in landfill. For local contacts check the Yellow Pages or see W: www.yell.com.
Repair when possible. For local contacts check the Yellow Pages or see W: www.yell.com.
Many phone stores offer a 'Take-Back' scheme and some charity shops have collection boxes for mobiles and their accessories.
The following charities/organisations collect unwanted mobile phones (and sometimes their chargers) to raise funds. Many also accept PDAs, Sat Navs, MP3 players, digital cameras and GPS units:
Help Friends of the Earth raise funds by recycling your mobile phone with them.
Childline: T: 0207 825 2521
Feed the Children: Request a freepost envelope by phone or see the website for details:
T: 0845 130 2010
Green Source Solutions:
T: 0117 304 2396
Age UK (Help the Aged): Hand in to shops (See CHARITY SHOPS) or post to:
Age Concern and Help the Aged Recycling
Greener Solutions, FREEPOST
T: 0207 239 1869
Royal Voluntary Service: You can email them and request a freepost envelope or visit their website.
Out of the blue Arts and Education Trust: Place mobiles into the box in the cafe:
36 Dalmeny Street
T: 0131 555 7131
Oxfam: Hand into shops (See CHARITY SHOPS) or if you have fewer than twenty phones post to:
Oxfam Bring Bring Scheme
FREEPOST, LON 16281
T: 0870 752 0999
Waste Innovations (Kilcheran):
T: 0131 661 6615
Woodland Trust: Post to:
If you want to set up your own scheme to raise money for a local charity, school or community group download a starter pack from:
Many supermarkets have pre-paid envelopes in which to send mobiles for recycling.
Contacts for selling your old mobile:
Greener Solutions: W: www.greenersolutions.com.