28 Feb '12, 8am

Can a New Industry Standard Keep Cellphones Out of Landfills?

Can a New Industry Standard Keep Cellphones Out of Landfills?

Has your Apple iPhone 3 been languishing in a drawer since you got your iPhone 4? If you're like many Americans, you may have an old cell phone – or three – gathering dust in a drawer somewhere. U.S. households contain more than 1 billion old phones, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates, which comes out to more than three per person. Today, much of that ends up in landfills, potentially leaching lead and other toxic materials into the soil and water. A new group, called the Device Renewal Forum (DRF), hopes to reduce the amount of wireless e-waste that ends up in landfills while boosting the market for refurbished phones -- and extending their lifetimes through reuse. If it succeeds, it could help stem the flood of electronic waste from phones: More cellphones ended up in the trash in 2009 than any other type of electronic product, according to the most recent dat...

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