Mobile Phone – Need to recycle cell phone at a mobile phone recycling center

O2  has been operating a handset-recycling scheme called Fonebak since 2004

United Nations has chosen gadget-obsessed mobile phone users to be the keynote topic at the five-day conference of the Conference to the Parties of the Basel Convention held in Indonesia later this week.

A statement issued by the Basel Convention members adds that there are approximately three billion mobile phones in the world today, and “sooner or later these phones will be discarded, whole or in parts”.

Many countries, including UK, have companies that offer a ‘recycling’ policy in which old handsets are refurbished and sent to third world countries help these regions develop into a sustainable society, this solution may not be a solution at all, especially if those phones are stripped of valuable components and tossed away where they will “leech out their heavy metals and hazardous chemicals”.

Some cell phones and their accessories contain substances that are amongst the 10 most dangerous known to man including Cadmium, Rhodium, Palladium, Beryllium and Lead Solder.

Most Mobile phones consist of following substance —

ABS-PC , Ceramics, Cu and compounds, Silicon Plastics, Epoxy , Iron, PPS , Flame retardant, Nickel and compounds, Zinc and compounds , Silver and compounds , Al, Sn, Pb, Au, Pd, Mn

Ni-Cd batteries contain Cadmium, a dangerous toxic and carcinogenic substance; mobiles also contain arsenic, mercury and other dangerous toxic substances. The quantity in landfill sites is significant, and considerable toxic contamination is caused by the inevitable medium and long-term effects of these substances leaking into the surrounding soil.

Source : UN Addresses Mobile Phone Recycling at Conference

Do what you not know about your Mobile Phone

. Most of cell phone owners worldwide “use in an emergency” as the top reason they have a cell phone, but there are things mobile phones can do in times of emergency that most users do not know of. The emergency number for mobile phones worldwide is 112. The number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.

. If your car has remote keyless entry, a little-known mobile phone secret might come in handy some day. If you lose your keys or remote and the spare ones are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Distance is no object.

. Cell phones also have reserve battery life, which can be activated by pressing the keys *3370#

Mobile phone software like SounderCover (my-symbian.com) and LightWav Pro (toy soft.ca) can insert background noises into your calls