Recycle your mobile phone for charity

Filed in Recycle by on January 10, 2010 2 Comments
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Take a mobile phone to work for charity

Take a mobile phone to work for charity

If decluttering is one of your new year’s resolutions then have I got news for you!

1.3 billion people own a mobile phone across the world; most of which end up in the landfill. It is estimated that less than 4% of all unused mobile phones in the UK are currently recycled and that millions of phones are hiding in drawers and cupboards across the UK. The average mobile phone user in the UK, will replace their handset once every 18 months. 96% of all 15 – 24 year olds in UK own a mobile phone and the market is driven to make them keep updating their phones to the latest one.

Throwing an old mobile phone into the landfill can mean that toxic components can leach out and contaminate the water or air. Incinerating a mobile phone can emit highly toxic dioxins, so what is the responsible way to get rid of a mobile phone you no longer want?

Now is your chance to empty out those drawers and help charities at the same time.

January 13th is National Bring a Phone To Work Day!  Thousands of businesses nationwide will be taking part: it’s a way for you and your colleagues to declutter your cupboards, raise money for charity and help the environment.

You have to collect ten or more phones between you and the organisation with the biggest collection will be awarded a certificate! It’s all a bit of fun, but with a serious message. Why not register on the site and set up a collection at work?


About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Mr L says:

    I know that when you send your moblie phones to be recycled they do not always want your charger. Sainsburys have recently started a campaign to recycle chargers. For a period we can take our chargers from any items to sainsburys stores and put them in the collection points.

  2. Mrs Green says:

    @Mr L: Thanks for the tip, Mr L – that’s good to know and should help people recycle more. Another alternative is to put them into the small WEEE recycling collections at the household recycling sites.

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