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  Mobile recycling made easier
Updated 28 April 2002, 12.16
Millions of old mobile phones
Around 90 million old mobile phone handsets sit unused in drawers because their owners have replaced them with newer ones.

But from Monday, mobile users can get rid of them for free and safely so they can be recycled properly.

Grab your envelope

Mobile phones
Almost 50% of 7-16 years olds own mobiles

The scheme is being run by electrical shop Comet who will give people a free pre-paid envelope to pop their old handsets in.

They will then be sent to a recycling firm where they can be taken apart carefully. Plastics and precious metals that make up handsets will be reused for other things.

Dangerous

Around 45 million people own mobiles in the UK.

But it's dangerous to throw old ones away because some bits in them could harm the environment.

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