Martin Lewis warned people who have old cell phones.
On his TV show Money Show Live, the consumer expert issued a warning that affects millions of viewers.
Especially those who have an old cell phone lying around that they want to get rid of, the Daily Record reports.
Martin explained, “If you have an old cell phone, don’t throw it away because it’s terrible for the environment – batteries, lead, beryllium, and flame retardants can all cause environmental damage if you throw it away and land it in landfills. ”
All is not lost, however, as the finance guru revealed that selling your old phone could add up to £ 180 to your bank balance.
He said, “Go to a comparison site like sellmymobile.com and Compareandrecycle.co.uk and see if you can whip them up.”
While the price you get depends on the age of your phone and the condition it is in, older iPhones can go up to £ 150 and Samsung phones can go up to £ 180.
He said, “In relative terms, new iPhones and Samsung’s can’t be worth up to £ 180.
“I would also check eBay if you’re at it because you might be able to sell it for more, but these are the easiest ways.”
However, he issued a warning before digging through your drawers: “These websites don’t offer much protection, however. So check the reviews and once you’ve sent them to them they may say ‘It’s a scratch on it so we don’t give you that much’ but it’s still a lot better than throwing it away. “
Most cellular carriers also offer customers cash to recycle their old phones when they upgrade. However, you can still recycle if you have had your new handset for a long time.
Just go to the website where you got your phone and look for recycling options.