T-Mobile, the mobile phone service provider, has carrier out a study which suggests that the UK has a stockpile of old, unused mobile phones worth in excess of £1 billion. Although there are many recycling options available, the British public seam to be reluctant to part with their old mobile phones, instead choosing to hoard them away in draws and cupboards.
With regular mobile phone upgrades becoming increasingly common, it has been estimated that the average mobile phone user has at least one or two spare phones lying about gathering dust. This could amount to over 52 million old mobile phones.
To encourage mobile phone recycling and reduce the number of old phones being hoarded by the UK public, T-Mobile is launching a mobile phone recycling scheme. This scheme will allow anybody wishing to recycling their mobile phone to collect a freepost recycling bag at a T-Mobile store, and then send the phone free of charge for recycling. Anybody purchasing a new phone from a T-Mobile shop will automatically receive a recycling bag.
The service will apply to all phones, regardless of network, and T-Mobile will give each customer, or a charity of their choice, up to £80 per phone. To find out how much your old mobile phone is worth, visit the T-Mobile website or pop into your local store.