As the popularity of owning a mobile phone has grown around the
globe, it has led to a huge amount of old phones being discarded.
Newer models are introduced to the market yearly and consumers
clamour to have the latest technology at their fingertips.
unnecessary surplus of old and unwanted phones has become an
ever-increasing issue for environmentalists who are concerned with
how the mobiles are being disposed of. A lot of old mobile phones
will end up in landfill sites, which can have a very serious and
harmful effect on the environment. Chemicals used in mobiles leak
into the earth’s soil and nearby water supplies, affecting plants
and wildlife. A leak from a single battery can contaminate large
areas of soil and up to 600,000 litres of water and with chemicals
such as cadmium and mercury, which are used in phones, being
especially damaging to the environment, the dangers are clear.
response to the ecological damage that surplus phones ending up in
landfill sites is doing to the planet, a number of companies have
set up who are happy to receive your mobiles so they can recycle
them or dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. They
will even pay the owner of the phone to do so, no matter how old or
unused it is.
a mobile phone will have a hugely beneficial impact on the planets
natural resources too, as things such as metals, used to make
millions of phones each year can now be re-used. This reduces the
need to mine for new metals, which in turn saves energy as less
fossil fuel is used during the mining process. The less fossil fuel
that is used results in less carbon emissions being emitted, which
all helps to combat global warming.