Mobile phone recycling could come to the fore at schools if educational establishments embrace handheld technology.
Smartphones - such as the Apple iPhone - need to become integrated within formal educational experiences, it has been said.
According to Toucan Computing, other internet-enabled devices like the iPod Touch can also prove a vital tool in schools.
There is currently a gap between the IT skills pupils are taught in the classroom and the reality of technology used outside of school, Steve Bonnick, director of the computing firm, said.
Should schools decide to introduce smartphones into the teaching experience, they may also want to look to mobile phone recycling to ensure this educational tool is sustainable, cost effective and environmentally friendly.
Handheld devices can prepare youngsters for the ever-changing IT industry, Mr Bonnick asserted.
"With public spending cuts, schools are going to be driven, out of financial need apart than anything else, to try to face up to the fact that kids often own very powerful IT devices, but they're banning them," he explained.
He added paranoia surrounding the control of IT within schools is also holding the educational system back from modernising.
"IT has got to be about students taking things from their experience of life and the world," Mr Bonnick explained.
A previous study by comScore found that smartphone adoption increased 41 per cent between September 2009 and the same month last year across Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK and France.
This means that during this period subscribers to smartphones reached 60.8 million.
It also discovered that at that time, more than one out of every two smartphones was a device manufactured by Nokia.
With new technology constantly coming to the fore, ensuring mobile phone recycling policies are in place across organisations could help to boost the sustainability of IT.