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What happens to old mobiles?
January 13, 2008, 1:25 am
Filed under: 2008

The Afterlife of Cellphones – Jon Mooallem, New York Times, January 13 2008

What are the ecological consequences of our e-waste? The cellphone whose design we tire of only to be replaced by the newest version–flip, flat, or touch controlled, the computer we replace for a faster, newer and maybe smaller or larger version…

Americans threw out just shy of three million tons of household electronics in 2006. This so-called e-waste is the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream and, depending on your outlook, either an enormous problem or a bonanza. E-waste generally contains substances that, though safely sequestered during each product’s use, can become hazardous if not handled properly when disposed. Those products also hold bits of precious metals like silver, copper, platinum and gold.

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