Mobile Phones and Electronics Recycling: The Facts
A crazy number of electronics are circulating in the UK. A recently concluded survey revealed some interesting results. On an average, around 2.8 electronic items are bought by every person staying in the UK. This also translates into the fact that almost every person in the UK is purchasing a new electronic device, be it a mobile phone, computer or a tablet. Furthermore, many of them purchase close to three new electronics every year. Aren’t these facts astonishing? It is more so because majority of these electronic devices have a shelf life of at least two years.
Did you know that the UK, last year, saw a sale of 27 million cell phones? Around 3,500 tonnes of e-waste can be generated from this entire lot of mobile phones purchased. Talking of electronics, the surveys concluded that around 173 million were sold last year in the UK. This not only includes computers, PDA’s, tablets and cell phones but many more. Scarce metals such as copper, silver, indium and gold are contained in these electronics and if they are not trashed away ethically, can cause huge negative impact to the environment. You must know that LCD screens and touch screens in electronic devices contain a toxic liquid which cannot be disposed of like normal waste.
Have you ever considered the option of mobile phone recycling? Many companies engage in recycling of all old electronics and even offer reward in the form of cash for all recycled products. The used phones are either refurbished and sold or are extracted from their precious metals and re-used.