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Plea to recycle used mobiles

If all you wanted for Christmas was a mobile phone with video recording, picture messaging and internet access, the chances are you have just added to the 75 million redundant handsets in the UK.

But a campaign has been launched to remind people they can put their old phones to good use by recycling them to raise funds for charity.

The Recycling Appeal refurbishes and resells mobile phones, giving a proportion of the proceeds to charities.

The person recycling their phone can choose to donate to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the Children's Hospice Association Scotland or Northern Ireland Hospice Care.

Mobile phone recycling firm Eurosource's chief executive Jamie Rae said: "When people receive fancy new mobiles for Christmas, their old phones are often forgotten about.

"These phones join the UK's estimated 75 million redundant mobiles - enough phones to stretch from London to Lapland more than three times."

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