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Wednesday, January 01, 2003


A staggering 15 million used mobile phones accumulate annually in the UK.

Recycling companies are now joining forces with charities and electrical retailers to deal with the growing mobile phone mountain. Schemes run by Oxfam and Eurosource use the profits made from recycling phones for charitable work. A recent venture is making it even easier to recycle phones via pre-paid envelopes which can be found in 1200 electrical retail outlets throughout the UK and sent to recycling company fonebak.

British mobile phone users change their phones every 18 months and it’s estimated that more than 90 million used phones are just lying around people’s homes. Many of these phones end up in landfill sites and may cause soil contamination through cadmium leaking from old batteries.

A recent European Commission directive will require mobile phone manufacturers to take back and recycle their products from 2006.


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