From time to time, I like to take a moment and remind everyone why we recycle our cell phones. It’s not just about the cash; it’s also about the environment and about people.
Ghana is importing an excess amount of old cell phones and other forms of electronic waste, according to the Ghana Shippers Authority. The Authority has released figures which show that that 31,400 metric tons of electronic waste, including but not limited to old cell phones, was imported into the country in 2010 alone.
Moves are underway to try to prevent the exporting of old cell phones, computers, televisions, and other electronic items to developing nations whose recycling programs are primitive at best.
It may be law in South Africa that makes the dumping of waste such as used cell phones and other electrical gadgets an illegal act, but that is unlikely to do much good if the great majority of companies in the country are unaware that there even is such legislation.
Old cell phones may not actually grow on trees, but they could help to grow trees, if a new Nokia cell phone recycling campaign in Indonesia pays off. The program, which has been given the name of “Give and Grow 2011: Give Mobile Phones, Grow Trees”, was actually first implemented two years ago back in 2009, but Nokia is stepping up the campaign.
The recycling of old cell phone batteries and batteries from other electronic items is not being conducted in the most ethical of manners in some areas of the United States,
While the state of California has had some success in the recycling of electronic waste such as old cell phones, televisions, computers and the like, with more than a billion pounds worth recycled.
Years of unchecked importation of electronic waste such as old cell phones into the Philippines may have already contaminated local communities, according to ecological experts.
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”.
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.