Mo­bile phones

The People's Friend Special - - HOBBIES -

If you’re a per­son who reg­u­larly up­grades their mo­bile – or maybe you’re the grand­par­ent of a teenager who does – and the phones are not be­ing passed on to other mem­bers of the fam­ily, con­sider recycling for a good cause. Re­mem­ber to re­move all your per­sonal data first. Up to 80 per cent of a mo­bile phone is re­cy­clable – metal, plas­tic and other valu­able com­po­nents, such as sil­ver, can be ex­tracted and reused.

The Bri­tish Red Cross is just one char­ity that ac­cepts mo­bile phones – even ones that are dam­aged and no longer work – claim­ing that they can get up to 50 per cent of the phone’s mar­ket value. Dogs Trust also re­cy­cle phones, and state that an old iPhone 6 could be worth up to £80 – money that could help a home­less hound.

Other char­i­ties that will read­ily take un­wanted mo­bile phones off your hands in­clude the Re­tired Grey­hound Trust, Barnardo’s and WaterAid UK.

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