When customers kept asking what they should do with their old handsets, former Orange employees Simon Walsh and Craig Smith founded what they say was the first mobile-phone-recycling company in 2001. From humble beginnings – working out of a garage in Wimbledon – the company now reprocesses gadgets such as laptops and MP3 players. Every component is refurbished, re-used or melted down to maintain the firm’s zero-landfill policy. Sales grew 48% a year, from £2.5m in 2006 to £8m in 2009.
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