A huge build-up of scrapped mobile phones has prompted the mobile industry to set up a phone recycling system. It has been estimated that 15 million mobile phones are discarded per year in the UK. There is a high turnover of phones because users upgrade on a regular basis to keep up with the latest technologies available to them.
The government has backed the programme and retailers will encourage consumers to deposit their unwanted phone at the ‘Fonebank’. The Fonebank will then either break the devices down for manufacturers or resell them as second hand goods in developing countries.
Phone manufactures will, by law, have to set up recycling schemes in two years time, so this scheme gives them a head start.