New charter for mobile phone recycling

Posted on 19th October, 2010

The government has announced that it will clamp down on mobile phone recycling. This is in an effort to stop the illegal recycling of stolen handsets.

A new charter was agreed following a government consultation with the mobile phone recycling industry.

Nearly 100,000 stolen UK mobile phones are recycled and sold each year, in an illegal racket that is worth more than £4m.

The new initiative will require recycling firms to check mobile phones against a nationally established database, the National Mobile Phone Register. Phones that are highlighted as stolen will have to be turned over to the government rather than sold.