Anyone who has upgraded to a new
phone has grappled with the question of what to do with the old
one. Stick it in a drawer somewhere? Toss it in the bin? On average
in Australia, 3 to 4 million mobile phones each year face one
of these two fates. However eventually, as time passes, all of
the phones will end up in landfill.
To take the easy option, and not to recycle the estimated 10 million mobile phones
in stockpile, and keep on filling big holes in the ground with toxic substances
that decompose, forming poisonous liquids that can seep into groundwater and
then into rivers and streams is damaging to the environment and is associated
with adverse human health effects.
Further, decomposing waste creates methane gas and C02. Methane gas is 21 times
more damaging than C02, the principal contributor to global warming.
Our rubbish and the way we handle it is a contributing to the
upward shift in the planet's temperature that causes extreme weather
Landfill is not sustainable and by continually filling up our tips with unnecessary
rubbish will create a long term pollution risk to the environment.
Aussie Recycling Program and many environmental organisations
world wide believe that recycling mobile phones is the only sensible
and conscientious alternative as it presents many advantages:
pollution caused by hazardous materials from mobile phones
the environment from landfill or incineration.
the effects of global warming by reducing the amount of
and methane gas entering our environment from decomposing
the waste and habitat damage associated with the
of raw materials like plastics.
It is a simple,
effective and socially rewarding thing to do.
the reformation of environmentally damaging compounds
as dioxins and furans in the exhaust gas stream.
disposal rates and impact.