24 Aug '11, 8pm

Recycle my phone

Recycle my phone

For years, environmental groups have raised concerns about placing cellphones — and other types of electronic waste — in landfills, citing the presence of materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury that could conceivably harm the surrounding environment by, for instance, contaminating nearby groundwater supplies. On its website, the EPA states that placing electronic waste in “municipal solid waste landfills does not threaten human health and the environment.” However, the agency also notes that it “strongly support[s] keeping used electronics out of landfills, to recover materials and reduce the environmental impacts and energy demands from mining and manufacturing.” Recycling 1 million cellphones recovers more than 35,000 pounds of copper, nearly 800 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold, which in turn saves enough energy to supply approximately 185 households with ele...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/stories...

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