The United Kingdom is wasting the potential inherent in the recycling of old cell phones and other electronic material, according to a committee of Members of Parliament.
A recycling company that specializes in the recycling of old cell phones and other forms of electronic waste has been implicated in the illegal exporting of that waste to Africa
A new cell phone has been designed to make cell phone recycling easier when it inevitably reaches time for disposal. The RevOlvo combination cell phone and charger is deliberately designed to be easily broken apart once it has reached the end of its natural life, thus making life considerably easier for cell phone recycling companies such as SellCell than many other kinds of old cell phones.
King County Council in the United States has set official guidelines relating to the recycling of old cell phones as well as other electrical items such as old computers, televisions and more. The new laws force contractors for the county to follow Basel Action Network rules relating to the safe and responsible recycling or reuse of old cell phones and other items of electrical waste.
The United Nations scheme to keep a track of old cell phones and other discarded electronic items that often end up being shipped overseas for recycling by disreputable companies has received a boost thanks to a grant given by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Is Africa the dumping ground for old cell phones and other electronic items from the United States and the rest of the world? The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) believes that may well actually be the case. With more than 15 million tons of new e-waste being generated every year all over the world, the fear is that Africa is the target dumping ground for a large portion of it.
The need for the responsible recycling of old cell phones and other forms of electrical goods has never been more pressing. The rate of technological innovation seems to be increasing by the day and the impact on the environment of discarded old cell phones and other electronic items can be very damaging, with these items containing carcinogenic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, which can also be extremely dangerous to human health.
The third annual International Electronics Recycling Conference & Expo will be held over a period of three days from the 25th to the 27th of May at Las Vegas’ JW Marriott building.
Legislation to ban some forms of electronic waste, possibly including old cell phones, from being exported to foreign countries where health and safety laws are not as strict as in the United States is being promoted by some on Capitol Hill.
While everyone wants a piece of the latest technology, something that can often result in old cell phones being thrown into the trash or, more responsibly, given to a cell phone recycling company such as SellCell, it may be a good idea to keep a hold of your seemingly out of date old smartphone for […]