7/13/2010

Reasons to recycle your old mobile phones and electronic goods

In this article guest writer Ade Gbenjo will try and cover some of the questions that you may have about recycling through the https://www.compareandrecycle.co.uk website, and will try and give you some answers that we hope will help to further prevent the unnecessary damage caused by improperly disposing of e-waste.

Why would I consider recycling over selling my goods somewhere local?

When we look back at some of our used goods it’s easy to recall how much we’ve spent on some of them and that simply disposing it or throwing it away is too much hassle, thus generally the only alternatives are to give them away or selling them on. Of course now there are companies willing to buy your used goods including mobile phones, games consoles, laptops, digital cameras, mp3 players and other such disposables that could potentially be threatening to the environment. So now you can not only do your good deed for the day and profit from it too!. It’s not just for cash either, generally the credit value is a lot higher than the cash value too, as a result trading in mobile phones and games consoles in order to finance an upgrade is now becoming a big thing.

Okay, so why are these companies suddenly interested in recyclables?

A business is a business so profit is an obvious answer. However it’s also a universal initiative to claim responsibility for waste any form of waste we produce, especially if they can potentially be hazardous to ourselves and our environment. As an example, mobile phone companies and other businesses can profit from reusing various components that were used to produce the mobile phone, and even fix them up and re-sell them.

What can they extract from recyclables that’s so useful?

Many components of old electronics can be reused, here are some of the more useful extractions:

  • Metals and semi-precious metals can be re-used for a variety of purposes.
  • Plastic can be used for multiple purposes as well as being recyclable.
  • Gold and Silver extracts are useful as conductors and can be used to create jewellery or sent to refineries.
  • Memory chips, LCD screens and speakers can sometimes be re-used in new products or used to repair old ones.
  • Games consoles are often made from high-grade plastics which can be used to create a multitude of other items, have a look at this designer chair made completely out of Playstation 2 consoles! ### I’m not really interested in gaining money to recycle, but I would like to dispose of my phone using an approved method.

Not a problem, using one of the companies featured on https://www.compareandrecycle.co.uk will ensure that you phone is disposed of in the right way. Just search for your model on the site for a list of recyclers who will happily take your old mobile and recycle it responsibly. Using one of these recycling companies is quite often the easiest way to recycle and whether you’re financially driven to recycle or not, it’s always a bonus to get some cash in the bank for doing the responsible thing.

We don’t have any choice but to start recycling more

There are a limited number of resources on our planet and without recycling our old goods we will eventually run out of the materials we need to create new ones. Large companies and governments are waking up and facing the need to recycle and many have schemes in place to reduce the amount of waste and increase the amount of recycled goods. If government targets are reached then is it hoped that landfills will be sent 65% less waste by 2015 than 20 years before in 1995, it is hoped that 67% of waste will be recovered by then and that 33% of household waste will be either recycled or composted too.

If these targets have any chance of being met then recycling needs to be normal thing to do rather than the exception, almost all of us now recycle part of our household waste yet many do not recycle the highly damaging e-waste that is produced. It’s not often you actually get paid to help the environment so dig out your old phones, mp3 players, laptops and digital cameras and get recycling them on https://www.compareandrecycle.co.uk!

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