Warwickshire County council says there are over 20 million potentially toxic redundant mobile phones in the UK alone. And how can you not trust an organisation that has a bear chained to a tree as its logo?
The problem with being a gadget lover is the huge pile of cadmium-laced, discarded handsets filling up my junk drawer. So in the spirit of spring cleaning, I went looking for a way to get rid of them responsibly.
I packed up two mobiles and sent them to Amnesty International, bagging them £8 and me a speck of good karma. And I was surprised to find that a newer phone bagged me £75 on eBay, even though it had been gathering dust for a year.
It'll also help if the dream of a standardised phone charger comes true, since most of these options won't take the charger.
All this worthiness has made me feel pretty awesome about myself, and an iota better about the environmental footprint of the gadgets I'm gathering. Whether that extends to buying an eco-phone like the Samsung Blue Earth, made from recycled water bottles, remains to be seen.