What happens when you recycle your phone?

Many of us want to make a difference, especially when it comes to reducing the amount of waste we produce. While we may have the best of intentions, it can be challenging to know where to start. Fortunately, cell phone recycling can help.

Selling your old devices for cash is a great way to earn a little extra money, but people are now realizing the environmental importance of mobile phone recycling as well. This can only be a good thing, and the number of people using our phone recycling service is increasing.

However, many people often ask us what we actually do with phones once we take them out of their hands. So let’s find out why recycling old phones is good for the planet and how it happens.

Determine if the phone can be restored

Before we even think about recycling an old mobile phone, we first need to decide if the phone can be refurbished and resold. The reuse of old mobile phones is one of the most important aspects of any recycling plan. An old mobile phone that may be junk to you could have a significant impact on the environment if disposed of incorrectly.

Finding a new home for a second-hand mobile is the best solution, especially if the phone is in good working order. Just because a device is no longer useful to you doesn’t mean someone else can’t benefit from it.

We thoroughly inspect every phone we receive here at Mazuma Mobile to determine if it can be resold immediately as a functional phone, if it needs a little TLC before reselling, or if recycling is the best option. Once we have refurbished a device, it is put up for sale on the mazuma shop, often for much less than the recommended retail price. But what about devices that we can’t refurbish and resell?

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Extraction of valuable materials

If a device is not economically viable to repair, it should be recycled properly and there is still value in the individual components. When it comes to extracting the valuable and recyclable materials inside a phone, the job should be done by a professional phone recycling company that knows how to disassemble the appliance safely.

Mobile phones contain small amounts of precious and semi-precious metals such as platinum, gold, silver, copper and nickel. If recovered from obsolete devices, these metals can be melted down and used again. Most metals can be recycled infinitely, so it makes a lot of sense to remove them from old phones instead of using new metal.

All recoverable plastics and glass from the device will also be disposed of and recycled, if possible.

Management of dangerous substances

Mobile phones contain trace amounts of hazardous materials, such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. Circuit boards and microchips may also contain lead and arsenic, which are toxic to living organisms if ingested in large amounts.

If you throw an old phone away with your normal garbage and the phone ends up in a landfill, there is a real danger that the toxic substances inside the device will leach out and contaminate the local water source or soil. This can have a severe impact on local ecosystems and should be avoided.

All of these livelihoods pose little threat to you when they’re safely inside your phone, but once you start dismantling a device, exposing components, and disposing of them, they become dangerous to the environment and need to be handled with care. That is why proper recycling of old mobile phones by professionals is crucial to ensure that dangerous parts are disposed of correctly.

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Deadline for sale or recycling of recovered materials

Once the old devices have been stripped of their valuable parts and the dangerous components have been properly disposed of, it’s time to send the various reclaimed materials to someone who can put them to good use. We can even use the parts of your old mobile phone to help repair another device before resale.

Removing the metal from a single phone may not seem like much, but when you consider that we here at Mazuma Mobile receive 20,000 devices a month, the 5% of those we can’t relocate equals 1,000 phones per month. month that can be disassembled and stripped of valuable and recyclable parts. That’s a lot of electronic waste being diverted from landfills!

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Mazuma Mobile recycles and reuses your old mobile phones

At Mazuma, we make sure your old unwanted phones are either recycled in the most environmentally friendly way possible or given a new life for someone else to use. Mazuma follows sustainable recycling practices and extends the life of old phones so someone else can get an affordable phone that works, whether they’re in the UK or a developing country.

At Mazuma Mobile, we make sure that no recycled phones go to waste or end up in landfills where the harmful toxins inside phone batteries could pollute the environment.

So if you want to make a difference and make a little money at the same time, sell your device to Mazuma Mobile and let us take care of the rest.

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