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Blog: Three simple steps to recycling your mobile phone

The evolution of the mobile phoneWith so many new mobile phones coming on to the market each year and mobile technology developing at such a fast rate, it is no surprise that hundreds of thousands of phones end up redundant. So what should you do with an unused mobile phone?

One option is to recycle it and make some money at the same time. Read on to find out how it works.

How to recycle your phone

Step 1: Firstly you will need to collect any old mobile phones you have lying around. Most people tend to have a spare/old handset stashed away somewhere in the house, so it may be worth asking your family and friends.

Then, the easiest way to find a mobile recycling company is to search online and find a site that deals specifically with phones.

Step 2: Next on the agenda is finding the best deal. Recycler prices vary, so it’s best to shop around and look at the company’s guarantee and green credentials before you send them the phones.

Once you have chosen your company you will then be directed through a series of steps, such as filling in your name, address and seller details. These details are needed so that the recycler can send you a free postage bag out to your address, an e-mail address to forward further information to (including order reference numbers), and also to ask you what payment method you prefer.

Step 3: Finally all you need to do is head on down to the nearest post office and dispatch the phone The instructions will include directions on where to send your items and what to include, such as the phone with or without the SIM card and charger.

That really is all there is to the recycling process. The next step is to sit back and wait for the payment.

What happens to the phones?

The condition the phone is in dictates where it ends up. If it is beyond repair it is usually sent out to smelters who will then break the phone down and reclaim the precious materials. These materials usually include nickel and lithium from the phones battery, gold and other metals which are extracted and reused, and various mixed plastics which can be melted down and re-used.

For phones that can be reconditioned they are often still useful and may be sent to less affluent countries in the world, or some others sell them closer to home at a lower cost which enables individuals who normally couldn’t afford a phone to be able to buy one.

This guest post was brought to you by Sellmymobile.com, the UK mobile phone comparison site.