We’re all guilty of hanging onto our old mobile phones for a bit too long. How many have you got stashed away in the ‘junk draw’? In aid of Global Recycling Day, we’re sharing some simple ways that you can recycle your old devices or alternatively give them a new lease of life.
Did you know that up to 80% of a mobile phone is recyclable? Mobile devices are made from a wide range of materials including metals and plastics, which could be re-used.
Before you look at recycling options, it’s always best to clear your personal data, password and logins from your old device. Find and select the settings option that restores your mobile back to its ‘default factory setting’ to wipe its memory and data history.
Give your phone a new home
Sell it and make some extra cash
If your phone is still in good working order you may be able to sell it and make yourself a little bit of cash. The worth of your phone will depend on a few different elements such a how old it is, how well it holds battery, scratches and scrapes to the exterior and screen, and possible water damage. Its definitely worth seeing if you can resell your old device and give it a new lease of life with a different owner.
You can list your old device for sale on websites such as eBay, GumTree and Facebook marketplace. You will need to have some good quality pictures of your item and a description including the product make and model, and your desired price for it. Its also wise to point out any damage or imperfections to buyers before engaging in a sale.
Alternatively, if you’re not looking to make a profit you can place your old device on websites such as Freecycle. This website is an entirely non-profit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and local neighbourhoods. Their ethos is all about reusing and ‘keeping the good stuff’ out of landfills. Another similar website to this is Freegle.
Selling on the high street
If you’re not keen on selling online, there are various high-street shops that can help you out. Shops such as CeX and CashConverters will buy used electrical items from sellers. Top tip: You will get a better price for your device if you have the original product box, charger and instructions at the time of selling.
Donating to charity
Another option you have is to donate your old mobile device to charity. Most charities except mobile phones whether they are working or not. Charities can use phones to raise valuable funds by passing them on to mobile phone recycling companies and gaining money back for them. It's always worth checking with your local charity shops to see whether they take mobile devices before dropping them there. Many schools and community groups also collect phones to raise money too.
If you're not keen on selling or re-homing your old device, you could look at recycling it. You can dispose of old electricals at most local household waste and recycling centres. Once there simply look for the container marked ‘small electricals’ and pop your phone in to be recycled.
Recycling done, time for a new SIM plan
Now that you’ve rehomed or recycled your old mobile, its time to find yourself an amazing SIM plan to compliment your new phone. At Superdrug Mobile we offer unlimited data, calls and texts for just £20 a month! Take a look at all our SIM plans here.