When you accidentally drop your mobile phone into the bath – or you simply upgrade to a newer model – it’s tempting to discard it in your household waste or simply to leave it to gather dust in a drawer. There are, however, several ways to dispose of your phone without damaging the environment or even to prolong its life in a thinking-outside-of-the-box kind of way.
Make a charitable donation
Just because you don’t send your worn-out trousers to your local charity shop because they are far too embarrassing to ever be desirable again, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate your mobile phone. Charities, such as the Red Cross, can sell old mobiles to phone recycling companies, even if they aren’t operating. This is because the plastic and metal can be recycled while some components, such as the processor, keyboard and screws, can be reused. Because your chosen charity will benefit in the process, you can enjoy making a tiny contribution to protecting the environment while helping out a worthwhile cause in the meantime.
Earn some cash
Depending on your mobile phone’s age and model, you might be able to sell it on the internet, either on an auction site such as eBay or through online classifieds. This is especially the case when upgrading as often a customer’s existing phone is still a relatively recent model. For example, despite iPhone 6 being on the brink of worldwide release, the older, less technological iPhone 4 still continues to sell privately online for healthy sums.
Make a child happy
As most parents will testify, children love to play with mobile phones but due to the risk of accidental damage, mums and dads tend to whip their very breakable smartphones back the minute their little ones gets their hands on them. So if you have an old phone, why not remove the battery and let your toddler enjoy some serious role play with it?
Utilise its features
Just because your old phone is no longer connected to a network doesn’t mean that it has outlived its purpose. Use it as an extra alarm clock (if you have a habit of sleeping through the first); keep it handy in the kitchen to log must-haves for the next shopping list (which you can take with you to the supermarket); or set reminders for important dates, such as birthdays and appointments.
Disposing of your old mobile phone is perhaps the last thing you should think about when it can be utilised in so many different ways. Do remember to delete the contents of the phone, including messages, photos and phone numbers, to protect your future privacy.