5/21/2012

Phone recycling – the process

After you sell your mobile using our website the process of recycling your old mobile phone begins. When the recycling company you sold your phone to receives the handset, they can then decide what condition it’s in and whether the phone is suitable for refurbishment or recycling.

If your phone is going to be recycled they simply strip it down and take any parts they can sell or use for spares. After that, anything that can not be reused needs to be disposed of and the recycling companies have a duty to ensure your mobile phone is disposed of responsibly. This means anything that is a potential hazard to the environment needs to be correctly recycled and not sent to land fills, such parts of the mobile phone as the battery are extremely dangerous to the environment and could leak harmful toxins. If mobile phone recycling companies are unable to refurbish or reuse a battery then they are sent of to be broken down and recycled correctly.

Phone recycling isn’t just for scrap parts. As mentioned above phones suitable for refurbishment is another method used as the mobile phone recycling cycle. It’s a completely different way of recycling and is technically a way of selling second hand. When the mobile phone recycling companies receive your recycled phone, they will decide if it is suitable for refurbishment. If it is, then they need to begin the process of refurbishment. This will include such things as checking it’s all in good working order, wiping the memory and factory resting the whole phone and cleaning it up. Sometimes phones that have been badly damaged may require some extra attention. This can include such things as new screens, microphones, speakers, buttons and cases. These parts tend to come from non-working mobile phones or can be order to size or directly from the manufacturer. Once the phone has been refurbished up to a high standard it is ready to be sold on second hand. Depending on the demand some recycled phones maybe sold around the UK but a large majority of mobile phones are sold to countries where technology has not come as far such as Brazil.So remember phone recycling is so simple and does so much good why would you not do it, everyone gains from it.
Lee

Lee

See more posts by Lee

E-Waste Is Destroying Our Planet: Here Is What You Can Do to Break the Cycle

E-Waste Is Destroying Our Planet: Here Is What You Can Do to Break the Cycle

The connection between the planet and tech production might not be immediately obvious, but using and choosing smartphones more sustainably is in fact a way to stop e-waste. This International E-waste Day we highlight the importance of tackling e-waste and how this can be done on an individual level by sharing a few mindful practices to help you to close the loop.

There's One Issue With 5G We Can't Ignore

There's One Issue With 5G We Can't Ignore

5G hype is everywhere, but it isn't just going to have a colossal impact on mobile connectivity speed and wireless networks. It will also dramatically boost the rates of mobile phone waste if smartphone owners continue to be apathetic about smartphones' collective impact on the environment.

Co-Founder of Android Showcased a Weird, But Interesting Phone

Co-Founder of Android Showcased a Weird, But Interesting Phone

After years of silence, it looks as though Essential are ready for a new chapter and it is going to be an attempt to shake up the industry once again. Recently, Andy Rubin took to Twitter to share a Project Gem phone that looks like nothing we've seen before. The form factor reminds us of remote control which we all have at home, but for it to have the capabilities of a phone is something new.