Up to 85 million outdated mobiles sitting in drawers around the UK are ready and waiting to become a quick source of income for their owners, a study suggests.
A survey conducted by Consumer Focus found that 68 per cent of people have kept at least one mobile phone which is no longer in regular use.
Many charities accept old mobiles, as they can be sold on or recycled and the owner can also get some money back directly by seeking out recycling or reselling services.
Consumer Focus recommends the complete deletion of personal information to minimise potential security breaches.
"By throwing phones away, we are wasting huge amounts of money and adding unnecessarily to our landfill mountains," said Consumer Focus' Hannah Bullivant.
"Anyone with an old mobile should shop around for the best second-hand deal. There are now a number of second-hand price comparison sites that can be found with a simple internet search."
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