We have put together a few useful recycling facts, things you didn't know that you didn't know!
Printer Cartridge Recycling Facts
Empty printer cartridges are worth MONEY! Recycle Today...
If you throw your printer cartridges in the bin they will take 1,000 years to decompose - that's nearly nine times as long as Emiliano Mercado Toro has been alive and, at 114, he is the oldest man in the world!
More than 30 million inkjet cartridges are dumped each year in the UK alone, the equivalent weight of 18 blue whales.
If the empty cartridges the people throw away each year were stacked end to end they would be able to circle the earth - that's over 38,400 kilometres!
Printer ink costs more than space shuttle fuel.
The 17 million laser cartridges recycled in Europe in 2005 resulted in the saving of 6 million litres of virgin oil which would fill three Olympic sized swimming pools and more.
Mobile Phone Recycling Facts
Old mobile phones are worth MONEY! Recycle Today...
There are now more mobile phones than people in the UK, not surprising given that around 1700 mobile phones are upgraded every hour in the UK
The 15 million phones we upgrade every year in the UK contain a total of almost four tonnes of silver and 600kg of gold.
It's estimated that 90 million mobile phones are languishing in cupboards and drawers around the UK.
The average mobile phone owner has two phones that they do not use - that's two phones that they could be sending in to RecycleAid for recycling.
When you buy a new mobile phone it leaves a carbon footprint of 32 global square metres - by recycling and reusing phones we can reduce the negative impact they have on the environment and make a difference to charities.
The Cadmium in the battery from a single old phone could seriously contaminate 600,000 litres of water, enough to fill a third of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Cadmium is being phased out of new batteries.
Brominated flame retardants, used in wiring boards and plastic cases, have been associated with cancer, liver damage and problems with the neurological, immune and endocrine systems.
Beryllium, which can cause serious lung damage, is used in contacts and springs and highly toxic dioxins can be emitted if the phones are incinerated in waste plants