Why recycle mobile phones?
In the UK alone, over 77% of the population have at least one mobile phone. With consumers replacing their phones approximately every 18 months it is easy to see why estimates suggest that there are as many as 25 million unwanted phones in the UK. To put this figure into perspective, if you laid all 25 million unwanted phones end to end, they would stretch from John O'Groats to Lands End and back again.
Like most electrical items, mobile phones require a large amount of energy and raw materials to manufacture and handsets also contain small amounts of hazardous substances. If all of the redundant phones in the UK were simply thrown away, it would generate 7,500 tonnes of potentially harmful landfill. Whilst mobile phones are completely harmless during their active lifespan, if they are thrown in landfill they will degrade and could potentially damage the environment. In fact, the battery from one mobile phone contains enough cadmium to pollute 600,000 litres of water.
Recycling your business’s mobile phones
For all of these reasons, it is good environmental practice to extend the life of your mobile phone by re-using or recycling it wherever possible. Whilst it may be easy to pass on a personal phone to a friend or relative, it is not always as easy to find a suitable outlet for mobile phones from businesses. Many businesses are now rightly concerned that the data stored on old handsets could be potentially damaging to their business if it were to fall into the wrong hands.
Secure Recycling solution
To combat this threat and make it easy for businesses to recycle their mobile phones in a secure and environmentally responsible manner, PHS Datashred is now able to provide a service specifically designed to offer you a no-risk solution for recycling your mobile phones. Wherever possible, handsets are re-used by charitable organisations here in the UK but only after all existing data and memory has been wiped.