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Half of State’s Old Cell Phones Eliminated

Almost 50 per cent of state issued old cell phones in San Francisco in the United States have been eliminated, according to Governor Jerry Brown. Brown, who gave an executive order in January to reduce the number of state issued cell phones in a bid to cut costs, says that 44 per cent – almost 30,000 – of all cell phones that have been given to state employees have been recalled and will not be replaced.

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Cell Phone Recycling Not a High Priority

The recycling of old cell phones and other forms of electronic waste is not a high priority of most in the business community, according to an industry watcher. The global research director of research and advisory company CSC, David Moschella, says that the majority of enterprise has the recycling of e-waste well down their list of priorities, for the simple reason that it is not “financially attractive”.

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Sydney Shifts Record Numbers of Old Cell Phones

The city of Sydney in Australia has just shifted more than 14 tons of electrical waste, including old cell phones, in barely six hours at a collection held over the weekend. Electronic waste is growing at three times the rate of any other form of waste even in Australia, yet Sydney is still one of the few places in the country where the council offers free collection sites for used cell phones and other such electronic goods.