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Mobile phone recycling

4.7 million Brits put phones in with general waste

16 November 2020

A study conducted by Vodafone and YouGov showed that a whopping 4.7 million people in the UK have admitted to throwing their old phone away in a general waste bin, rather than trading it in or recycling it.

Of those that said they like to keep their old handset as a back-up, 58% confessed to never actually using it. In fact, nearly 60% of households in the UK have between one and three devices lying around unused. 

Why recycle your old mobile phone?

Even outdated mobile phones can be really useful, as they contain components that can be extracted and used again, such as plastics, metals, and even silver. For security and privacy reasons, however, please remember that it’s important to remove all personal data from any devices you decide to trade in or recycle. 


It’s not just phones that can be recycled!


Old electrical items such as computers, irons and washing machines can be recycled too. If an item requires a plug or batteries, needs charging, or features a picture of a wheelie bin with a cross through it, it can be taken to any recycling point that accepts Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). 

We provide WEEE collections in Dorset and have drop-off sites across the UK. We have the expertise to help with all your WEEE recycling requirements, so you can rest assured that your electronics are being recycled correctly.  

Every year, the UK disposes of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste. It’s not always easy to know what can and can’t be recycled, but you can find further guidance here, or by talking to one of our team

As the South’s leading recycling company, W&S Recycling is dedicated to doing everything we can to keep as much waste out of landfill as possible. To find out more about our recycling services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today on 01202 675564.

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