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.
- 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!!!