Mobile Phone Recycling

Mobile phone recycling is increasingly an important environmental issue. According to figures, electronic waste, including the waste generated by consumer electronics which have simply been thrown out at the end of their shelf life, is the fastest-growing form of waste. Obviously, this poses a serious environmental problem.

To cite just a single example, in 2005 alone discarded consumer electronics, a large proportion of which are mobile phones, made up somewhere between 1.9 and 2.2 million tonnes of waste. Of this, between 80 and 90 per cent ends up in a landfill; only a tiny proportion of electronic waste ever finds its way to being recycled.

This electronic waste can only be expected to continue to grow, with 85 per cent of adults in the UK owning a mobile phone, and 80 per cent of children owning a mobile phone before reaching the age of eleven. Currently, there are more mobile phones in use in the UK than there are people in the UK, due to many people owning separate mobile phones for home and business use.

For these reasons, it is important that people remember to recycle, rather than simply discard, their old mobile phones at the end of their shelf life.

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