We don’t think our cell phones are especially harmful to the climate. The problem is, however, that we prefer to keep our mobiles only for a short time. Some reports indicate that mobile telephone owners upgrade every year to better versions. That means we throw a lot of cell phones away. And that’s really bad for the climate, of course.
Fortunately, we can all take measures to reduce the detrimental effect on the ecosystem of discarded cell phones. And it begins with the recycling of all these unwanted cell phones.
The nature of the issue
Of the 140 million cell phones disposed of in 2007, 126 million were actually dumped into the trash.
Our sites are constantly crowded with abandoned cell phones. And sometimes these phones contain harmful chemicals like mercury, cadmium and lithium. These chemicals can spill into the earth and end up in nearby rivers, rivers or streams.
In the United Kingdom, only 14 million outdated cell phones were recycled. This is extremely depressing; it only accounts for 10% of the mobiles that customers have thrown out.
To make a difference
However, you can make a difference. You should take action alone to keep your cell phone out of a landfill at least.
The most obvious move is for a longer period of time to use your existing cell phone. The new mobiles on the market will look at their new features and applications. But how many new features do you need?
If more people were to use their mobile telephones for three years or more, the number of telephones thrown away will decline significantly every year.
You will still do well in the world when you need to switch to a new cell phone. Many voluntary and nonprofit organisations, in order to recycle used mobiles, have their …