Recycle an old phone

How to recycle your old phone

Like all electronics, mobile phones can pollute the environment if they end up in landfill. Since we’d rather this didn’t happen, we try to give your old phone a new lease on life.

So, when you buy a new phone, we’d be happy to help you recycle your old one. Just pack your old phone, print off the pre-paid shipment label, shown below, and post the package to us. We’ll take care of the rest.

Pre-paid shipment label

To print of the label, simply right-click on the image and select print.

Sell or recycle your old phone

Sell your old phone

If you've just upgraded and you've got an old phone lying around, why not think about selling your old phone?

If your phone's a recent make you can usually get a decent amount of money through selling your phone online. Take a look at the following websites if you'd like to find out more:

Company Website
Mazuma Mobile Mazuma Mobile website
CeX CeX Website
Music Magpie Music Magpie website

Give your old phone to charity

Alternatively, if you'd rather not sell your old phone, you can give it to a charity. You might like to do this if you won't get much money from selling your old phone, as many charities now take unwanted phones to raise funds for good. The following charities will recycle your phone for you:

Charity Website
British Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.uk/en/Get-involved/Get-fundraising/Recycle-for-us
Barnardo's http://www.barnardos.org.uk/shop/donating_goods
Cancer Research UK http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate/donate-goods
CLIC Sargent http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/recycle
Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.co.uk/page/recycle-mobile-phone-ethically
Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/other-ways-to-donate/recycle-with-us
What happens when you recycle your phone

If you choose to send us your old phone for recycling, we send it to our specialist recycling partner.

They assess the phone to see if it can be refurbished and reused – for example in a developing country where new phones are expensive and landlines are scarce.

If the phone can’t be reused, then the small amounts of precious metals and base metals are removed so they can be used elsewhere.

Why this waste needs to be separated

WEEE products often contain a complex mix of materials that can potentially be hazardous. Recycling products that could potentially contain arsenic, cadmium, lead or mercury poses a number of health risks and so needs to be separated from general recycling. It is important to stress that if effective measures are taken to control exposure to mercury and lead then normally the controlled exposure to other hazardous substances should also be adequate.

In short, WEEE products represent a significant health and environmental risk if not dealt with properly. By actively separating this waste and recycling independently, the majority of risks associated with disposing with this material are reduced.

Recycle

The above image demonstrates that WEEE products can be recycled they often come with this symbol. Please ensure that this electrical equipment is not thrown away in a general bin or recycling but disposed of correctly.