5.3 billion cellular devices could be thrown away this season, according to the International Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Discussion Board.
Huge selection of disposable cell phones
With a whopping four million pre-orders for Apple’s best-selling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it’s clear that people want the latest smartphone technology at their fingertips now more than ever. Global sales growth reached 1.2 billion devices in 2014, up 23 percent from 2013, according to a new analysis by researchers at German market research firm GfK, the BBC recently reported.
According to a study, many consumers keep obsolete phones instead of recycling them, and based on global trade statistics, their forecast shows the increasing environmental impact of e-waste.
Valuable minerals that cannot be recovered from discarded electronics, such as copper in wires or cobalt in rechargeable batteries, must be mined.
In a press release, EPA Region 5 Administrator Mary A. Gade noted that recovering electronic equipment isn’t as simple as throwing it in a bag in your front yard, as we’ve found with paper and plastics, but the health and environmental benefits of recycling e-waste are enormous.
Researchers really know that hair if not more than 50% of abandoned smartphones are still working.
According to Mobile News, people don’t realize that all these seemingly insignificant objects have great value and represent enormous amounts worldwide, also explained WEEE Director General Pascal Leroy.
There are an estimated 16 billion mobile phones worldwide, of which around a third are no longer used in Europe.
According to WEEE, the mountain of electronic and electrical waste, which includes everything from washing machines and toasters to tablet computers and GPS (Global Positioning System) devices, will reach 74 million tons per year by 2030.
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E-waste in 2022
The Royal Society of Chemistry launched a campaign earlier this year to encourage the mining of e-waste to make new goods, underscoring how global turmoil, particularly the Ukraine crisis, is affecting precious metals supply chains.
Such devices offer many valuable resources that can be leveraged in the development of new digital devices or even other devices such as wind generators, electric car batteries, or solar panels — all of which are critical to the green, deep transformation to low-carbon communities, according to the communities Yahoo News updated.
Just over 17% of the world’s e-waste is properly recycled, but the United Nations Telecommunications Union has set a target of 30% by next year.
It is reportedly one of the fastest growing and most complicated waste streams, affecting both human health and the environment as it can contain hazardous compounds.
In addition, more than 20 million unwanted but working electronic devices, worth up to £5.63 billion, are currently stored in UK homes, according to Material Focus.
It was also predicted that the average UK household could sell unused technology and earn around £200. The organization’s web campaign includes information such as where to find recycling centers.
Simply issuing selection bins in shopping malls, collecting small broken devices with supplying replacement items, as well as offering PO [postal] Small e-waste bins are just a few of the steps being taken to support the recycling of these devices.
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