It’s estimated there are around 52 million unused mobile phones in Britain that could cause a lot of damage if they’re not recycled properly.
That’s because phones are made with loads of exotic chemicals that are locked safely away when your device is new and working. But an old or broken phone can start leaking if it’s just thrown out with your normal rubbish.
In 2014, 140,000,000 phones went into landfill around the world and over time they’ll leak 80 tonnes of lead and huge amounts of mercury into the earth. Lead in the soil kills plants and animals, and causes serious health problems in humans, while mercury can damage people’s hearts.
You don’t have to throw your phone out
Britain’s 52 million unused phones are thought to be worth as much as £7 billion. So why not sell your old phones, get some extra cash and know that they’re being recycled safely. You could even trade in your old phone to get a new one for a better price.
When you sell your old phone to us, we’ll try and refurbish it so it can be reused. But if it can’t be fixed, we’ll safely take it apart and reuse different bits - like taking the chemicals and metals to use in other electrical equipment, including new smartphones.
That means your phone won’t end up in landfill and won’t damage the environment.
Plus, we’ll always make sure we give you a fair price. And there are no hidden costs so you’ll get the full value of your phone. We’ll even pay you the same day, so you could use the extra cash to trade into a new phone instantly.
So if you’ve got an old phone lying around, sell it at your local Carphone Warehouse or online at http://sellmyphone.carphonewarehouse.com/.