Your old mobile phones may seem like relics of long-usurped technology and no longer relevant, but recycling your historic handsets can lead to both financial and environmental benefits.
More than most countries in the world, the UK has recognised the resources caught up in the handsets and many recycling schemes have been set up across the country in light of that. New, hi-tech models like iPhones and BlackBerrys can fetch handsome amounts for their owners, but the sturdy design and pre-mass-market quality of older designs mean they can be just as valuable as their modern counterparts.
Any recycling scheme will tell you, however, that you must take great lengths to wipe your phone of your personal details before sending it away, especially in light of the increasing amounts of data that can be stored on a phone.
The recycling of mobile phones has become so commonplace in the UK that the government has even taken steps to attach regulations to it. The first of these now requires recycling companies to check whether a mobile phone has been reported stolen, before reselling or recycling it.
By disposing of it responsibly, you can also prevent heavy metals from batteries and components from leaking into landfills and the water table. It is thought that the unwanted and thoughtless disposal of mobile phones has resulted in about 65,000 tons of toxic waste in the UK so far, with that number only set to increase.
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