Adverts from mobile phone recycling companies show cute little mobiles with animated faces - sad at the idea of being left in a cupboard, happy at the thought of popping into a free post bag and being sent off to be recycled by the recycling phone company.
But it is easy to think that this is all just a gimmick - a new way to get cash fast; a trend that won't be here this time a few months from now.
And perhaps that might be true.
But I hope not as not only does this help the environment, the economic climate by creating cash flow but it also opens people eyes to how easy it is to recycle any product.
You see, whether we recycle phones for cash for just for the sake of doing something right, it is important that we recycle to help the environment.
Our handsets are full of toxic parts that can leak as the phone decomposes, poisoning our environment.
Plus, throwing something away that can be recycled and used again is selfish and non-thinking as these phones can be sent to 3rd world countries.
Our old phones are someone else's new ones.
The parts in our old handsets help keep the costs of new ones down.
There are a lot of benefits to recycling our mobiles.
When we recycle phones for cash, we are doing a lot more than putting cash in our pockets and putting money into someone else's pocket; we are helping our fellows, we are helping our planet, and we are being responsible - and that is something to be proud of.