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Recycling mobile phones can boost Brits’ bank accounts

Cash-strapped consumers can recycle their old mobile phones and pocket extra cash for their green efforts.

Families in the UK are hiding away around 80 million old mobile devices in drawers and cupboards, which could be worth up to £206 depending on their condition, make and model, the News of the World reports.

Brits looking to boost their household coffers can visit the newspapers’ recycling website to see how much they are stashing away in their home.

Paula Owen, an Energy Doctor from the Energy Saving Trust, tells the newspaper: “By recycling your mobile phone you will be helping to protect the environment by minimising your waste – it’s quick and you can earn some money too. Everyone’s a winner.”

And households which shift their unwanted handsets can receive a much-needed money boost directly into their Paypal or bank accounts or by cheque.

Such a financial lifeline may be welcomed by Brits after Credit Action reveals that the average debt of a household, including mortgages, stands at £59,730.

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