Electronic waste is a growing problem in the UK and throughout the world. The precious metals and toxic materials inside cell phones must be handled properly. It is important for cell phone users to dispose of and recycle their devices responsibly and ethically. The following are a collection of interestin...
g mobile stats, obtained from the mobiles2money.co.uk infographic.
• The average working life of a mobile phone is 7 years, however, worldwide the average consumer changes their mobile every 11 months!
• Over 90% of materials in mobile phones can be recovered such as nickel, cadmium, cobalt, gold, silver, copper, plastics and other metals
• About 105 million mobile phones are thrown in the trash in Europe every year.
• There are many precious metals as well as harmful materials used in the manufacture of mobile phones, and by using phones for landfill instead of recycling them, we pose a hazard to the economy and to the environment.
• The average UK home has about 3 unused cell phones tucked away in closets and drawers, totalling approximately 80 million unused mobile phones in the UK.
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