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 Boston Police Department is back in court over the ludicrous arrest of a man who videotaped officers arresting a suspect in a crowded public place on an old cell phone.
Drivers who use their new or old cell phone while driving a motor vehicle in or around Woodinville in the United States are on notice – you will be caught.
On the Wall Street Journal today, I read an article about how hotel companies are working hard to create better room keys. While some are opting for permanent keys that repeat guests can keep and reuse trip after trip, others are getting rid of keys altogether – allowing guests use their cell phones to enter their hotel rooms.
A second school bus driver in Rockingham County in the United States has been caught on camera using an old cell phone while driving the vehicle.
The danger of used cell phones and other forms of electronic waste has been highlighted by a coalition of environmental groups at a forum in Manila in the Philippines.
People rarely take notice when flight attendants tell them not to use their cell phones on a plane because most people take the notion that cell phones could interfere with the plane’s instrumentation with a hefty dose of salt.
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.
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.