Facts about recycling mobile phones and electronics
The amount of electronics circulating in the UK is rather startling. A recent study showed that on average every person in the UK buys 2.8 new electronic items a year. It means that at least every person in the UK will purchase a new phone, tablet, computer, or other electronic device and that most purchase almost three new devices every year. The numbers are quite high when you consider that many electronic devices can actually last two plus years.
Last year in the UK, 27 million mobile phones were sold. If you calculate the amount of phones purchased and turn it into waste, it is about 3,500 tonnes of electronic waste. Studies have revealed that 173 million electronics were sold in the UK for last year. This includes PDAs, computers, mobile phones, tablets, and much more. All of these items contain precious metals such as indium, copper, gold, and silver. Indium can be harmful to the environment after it has been placed in liquid crystal screens such as touch screens and LCD screens on electronics. It means that if you just throw out your electronics, you can be harming the environment.
Instead of allowing that to happen, you can recycle mobile phones and other electronics through a mobile phone recycler. These companies offer you a small amount of money for your recycled products. They will then strip the phones and electronics for the precious metals in order to make a profit. Some of the products are also refurbished and sold.