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.
Each year, there are over four billion cell phones manufactured worldwide. Out of those, less than 3% make it to a recycling center.
Dubai is urging its citizens to go green and recycle their old cell phones and other forms of electronic waste in a bid to protect the environment.
A school bus driver who was caught looking at a used cell phone while operating the vehicle has been forced to resign from her job in Rockingham County in the United States.
The news that the World Health Organization has declared cell phones to be a possible cause of brain cancer has had far-reaching repercussions all around the world, and now India is contemplating changing their old cell phone laws to force companies to place a warning about the possible effects of exposure to cell phone radiation on the phones themselves.
With the iPhone 5 just around the corner, the people at Apple have been telling us a bit more about what to expect.