30 million phones are sold every year in the UK, and the mobile phone market now reaches 5 billion across the world meaning there are more than three times as many phones as personal computers.
However, with 10 billion phones sold worldwide since 1994 there could be an awful lot of handsets gathering dust in the bottom of drawers and cupboards.
Jenny works with Top Dollar Mobile, the goal of which is to reduce e-waste through mobile phone recycling. My initial thoughts were ‘this is just another mobile phone recycler’ – there seem to be as many recyclers as there are manufacturers! – so I quizzed Jenny about what sets TopDollarMobile apart from the others.
Here are the points she came up with:
With the recession on our tail this first point is a good one! Jenny informed me that many sellers were sceptical about their claim for offering good prices compared to competitors. However, she was proud to tell me that they were rated “Best Overall”, from a selection of phone recycling websites offering the highest prices, in the February 2011 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.
If you arrange a collection at your workplace, local school or organisation, and have more than 15 mobile phone handsets to recycle, TopDollarMobile will organise courier collection. They’ve worked out that by arranging couriers they can reduce their carbon footprint as well as cost: it costs less in terms of emissions, resources and finances to send one courier than send multiple envelopes to and fro via the postal service.
Free postage and packaging
We all love a freebie, especially when it’s for a good cause. TopDollarMobile send a decent quality jiffy bag out to you, free of charge, for you to return your handset. By offering a good quality bag, you can be assured your mobile phone handset will arrive in good condition ready to be recycled. In the past I’ve been sent a thin plastic bag which could have resulted in a damaged handset, or no envelope – just a FREEPOST address for me to use.
In addition to reusing and recycling valuable resources, TopDollarMobile contributes a percentage of the value of each mobile phone they recycle to World Vision. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organisation seeking to make a positive and sustainable impact on poverty and its causes. Their current project with World Vision is to help improve humanitarian conditions for children in Zimbabwe. In addition, Top Dollar fund and set up schools in China.
I’ve checked their prices and recently sent a mobile to another company where I was sent £43.50. True to their word TopDollarMobile offer a little more for the same handset at £46.60.
What about you – have you sold a mobile phone for recycling? What was your experience like?