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British people recycle more mobile phones than their European counterparts

People in Britain are much more likely to recycle their old mobile phones than their European counterparts, according to a new survey. The Carphone Warehouse worked in conjunction with the London School of Economics (LSE) and surveyed 5,000 people in Spain, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK assessing the role of the mobile phone. London School of Economics senior lecturer Dr Carsten Sorensen, said: The Brits are often seen as lagging behind their European counterparts when it comes to recycling on a national level. Interestingly, the Mobile Life report reveals that we are actually top when it comes to recycling old mobile phones - with 20% not hoarding their old handsets. This compares with a surprisingly low European average of only 10%. I think it is great to see that the British are getting behind the various recycling initiatives that mobile providers here in the UK have on offer. Many mobile recycling companies in the UK have realised the nominal value of the mobile phone and have been established longer than their European counterparts. Mobile recycling company Corporate Mobile Recycling receives 90,000 phones a month and works with charities such as Oxfam. Mobiles are broken down and recycled. Metals such as copper, gold and silver are extracted from the phones. Corporate Mobile Recycling director Ollie Tagg said: I am not surprised to hear that there are more mobile phones being recycled in the UK, more so than Europe. In the UK a number of companies have been doing mobile phone recycling for a number of years. From a charities perspective, they have been recycling mobiles for more than four or five years. This is nothing new, companies realised a long time ago that there was money to be made in mobile phone recycling. Whereas in Europe, for example in France and Spain, it is new to them, they have just started doing this. In Britain, we are a lot more mature, scheme wise. I am not so sure of the figures used in the Carphone Warehouse survey. The sampling is so small but I am not surprised that the figure is that high. In fact the figure is probably much higher. There are so many advertising campaigns that inform people how to recycle their mobile phones. However, as a country we have to force ourselves to recycle - we are massive consumers of goods that have a very short shelf life.

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