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.
Age UK (Help the Aged): Hand in to shops (See CHARITY SHOPS) or post to:
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:
Waste Innovations (Kilcheran):
T: 0131 661 6615
Woodland Trust: Post to:
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.