The UK is leading the way in mobile phone recycling according to a worldwide consumer survey by Nokia.
The survey revealed that 10% of people in the UK recycle their old phones compared to a global average of just 3%.
The survey was based on interviews with 6,500 people in 13 countries including Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Nigeria, India, China, Indonesia and Brazil.
It was conducted to help Nokia find out more about consumers’ attitudes and behaviours towards recycling and inform of the company’s take back programmes and efforts to increase recycling rates of unused mobile devices.
Globally, nearly half of all respondents said they were unaware they could recycle their mobile, compared to one fifth in the UK.
Markus Terho, director of environmental affairs, markets at Nokia said: ‘If all of the three billion people that own mobile phones globally brought back just one unused device we could save 240,000 tonnes of raw materials and reduce greenhouse gases to the same effect as taking four million cars off the road.’