Don’t throw away your old phone
Recycling a mobile phone used to mean passing it on to a poor relation who didn’t have one of their own. These days it seems everyone has a mobile phone, and when you recycle your mobile you aim to do so in such a way as to help the planet and get cash in return.
Like cars, phones devalue over time and as everyone continues to upgrade on a regular basis there’s a mobile phone mountain building up – probably in the back of cupboards, drawers and – in my household – in a fruit bowl on the table. There are no less than two phones in there at the moment, but to be fair the new smartphones only just arrived last week.
It makes sense
Like recycling printer cartridges, it makes a lot of sense to recycle your mobile. Phones and their batteries contain toxic substances so putting them in the bin is not at all good for the environment. Far better to seek out a company that specialises in recycling mobile phones, so you know it will be processed safely and for the benefit of others. It also helps if you can earn a penny or two in the process, especially in these difficult financial times.
The last time I recycled my mobile phone I discovered that different sites offer different prices – there is no fixed value for a specific make and model. My first job this week, then, is to find out what the old phones might be worth, and then to dispose of them safely, earning a reward in the process.