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Mobile Phones

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of disposing of mobile phones; (75558)

(2) what measures are being taken to encourage the (a) recycling and (b) safe disposal of mobile phones; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of mobile phones disposed of in England in each of the last five years. (75559)

This Department does not collect information on the recycling or reuse of mobile phones. However, the mobile phone industry estimates that 18 million handsets are replaced every year and that in 2003 and 2004, about 5 million handsets were taken by mobile phone recycling and refurbishment companies in the UK. The industry estimates that about 60 per cent. of these were refurbished and the remaining 40 per cent. were sent for materials recycling.