recycle mobile phones

Research has shown that mobile phone recycling could help save the environment and the economy. Recycling reduces the environmental impacts associated with extracting and refining raw materials at the same time as providing a cheaper option that creates jobs.

Demand for recyclables is increasing as the booming Asian economies push up the price of raw materials. There is already significant demand for resource groups such as paper and cardboard, iron and steel, but rare metals such as those found in mobile phones are particularly valuable for new technologies such as e-mobility, telecommunications and renewable energy.

Recycling saves money because it is cheaper to make products from recycled materials than raw materials. For example, using fresh aluminium costs twice as much as using recycled aluminium because a lot more energy is required to extract the aluminium from its raw form. Reuse is even better than recycling because it requires minimal energy to extend the working life of a product. Reuse also provides a cheaper alternative to those that cannot afford brand new products.

Recycling and reuse can save money on waste disposal costs such as landfill, which can be very expensive. In addition, the sale of recycled materials can offset the cost of waste disposal, thereby further reducing expenditure. Diverting waste from landfill means acres of space can be saved and used to generate revenue in other ways. This could mean saving by the million.

Unlike jobs in waste disposal, jobs in the recycling industry add value to the material; as such higher skilled jobs with higher income levels are created. In California, waste recycling and management rank higher on the economic and job creation scale comparable to the state’s entertainment industry.


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