20:20’s service and repair division Mobile Phone Repair Company (MPRC) has launched a recycling scheme for handsets.
MPRC is taking second-hand phones for a cash fee, dependent on model and condition, then repairing and shipping them to developing markets for resale.
"It’s like a mobile phone bottle bank, except you get paid for your empties," said MPRC managing director Martin O’Grady.
"A few other companies do this [such as Macclesfield-based Envirofone], but we’re offering a simpler way for customers and charities to get paid and we accept a huge variety of makes and models.
"We also think we’re offering the most competitive prices, promise payment in 14 days and offer Freepost or courier collection for 10 or more mobiles."