By recycling your mobile, you are helping the environment by saving the energy needed to manufacture a new mobile. You are also diverting your unwanted mobile from landfill.

Every mobile phone contains precious metals (like gold, platinum and palladium), copper, zinc, plastics and other material – all of which require energy and resources to mine and manufacture. Reuse and Recycling your old mobile not only conserves these materials, but prevents further greenhouse gas emissions created during the manufacturing process.

Let’s put that into perspective –
  • It is estimated that 15 million hand-sets are replaced in the UK every year. That’s 1712 mobile phones every minute!
  • Manufacturing a mobile phone uses as much energy as 39.79 gallons of petrol.
  • That’s 597 million litres of petrol which would be enough to fuel a car to travel 74,625,000 miles (at 8 miles per litre). That’s enough to go to Mars and halfway back to earth.
  • The 1.019 billion phones produced in 2006 create approximately 60 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.
  • Replacing your mobile every 2 years rather than one would save 30 kg of CO2 emissions (about 3.3 gallons of petrol). Not huge, but when you multiply that by the 15 million hand-sets replaced every year in the UK, that’s 4.5m kg of CO2 (or about 49.5m gallons of petrol).
  • If we recycled just 1/15th of the phones replaced every year – that’s one million phones in the UK – it would be the equivalent savings of taking 1,000 cars off the road.
  • Producing 18 million phones consumes enough energy to power 34,200 homes with electricity for a year. That’s like giving residents of Swansea free electricity for a year!
  • There are an estimated 90 million hand-sets languishing in desk drawers and toy boxes across the country. If each one is worth £5, that’s £450 million!
  • According to The Use Less Stuff Report, each mobile phone produced consumes materials and energy equivalent to 2.839 litres of petrol. If all 15 million hand-sets replaced each year were reused, that represents a savings of 42,585,000 litres of petrol.
  • According to Ericsson, one new GSM subscription (2006) contributes about 24 kg of CO2 per year on average, which is comparable to driving an average gasoline-powered car for a little more than one hour on a motorway.

So let us all resolve to recycle our old mobiles!!! I am doing my bit, what about you!!!

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