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.