Rubbish removal in Glebe is a concern for every resident – to do so properly in an effective and environmentally responsible way. One of the things that are often discarded into general waste is old mobile phones. These, however, should never ever be put into the regular rubbish bin.
More than four billion people worldwide use a mobile phone. Australians comprise thirty one million of these. We as a nation, on average, upgrade our mobile phones between every eighteen months to two years.
As a general rule, most of us keep or pass on our old mobile phones to others, such as our kids. Yet there are still many old mobile phones that are thrown away in the rubbish, and estimates suggest that more than twenty-three million old and unused mobile phones are sitting forgotten in residential and workplace drawers and cupboards throughout Australia.
Did you know that mobile phones can be recycled? More than ninety-five percent of mobile phone parts can be recovered and reused, including gold, silver, copper, cadmium, nickel, and various types of plastics. The metals and plastics can be recycled into new stainless steel, batteries, plastic fence posts, and jewellery.
Not only is it important to understand that mobile phone parts are valuable; they are also full of toxic heavy metals that are environmentally unsafe. As such, they must not be disposed of into landfill.
Mobile phones can be recycled in the following ways:
- Mobile Muster (at collection point or via free recycling satchel available from Australia Post)
- SUEZ e-waste recycling service
- Planet Ark
Most mobile phone vendors will have a collection box for old mobile phones in-store.
Mobile Muster is one successful initiative; it has collected more than nine million handsets and batteries in the last two decades.
Not only does recycling properly save the environment from toxins in landfill, it has also reduced the mining of thirty thousand tonnes of valuable metal ore from the earth. This is the equivalent of taking two and a half thousand cars off the road or, alternatively, planting sixty thousand trees.
Don’t put old phones in your kerbside recycling bin; dispose of them as advised above.
AA Adonis Rubbish Removals in Glebe and throughout the Sydney Metropolitan Area makes life easier overall when it comes to rubbish removal. We come to you at your nominated location and remove all manner of unwanted goods, including those that can be recycled. Call us today and learn how we can help Declutter your life!