04 May '12, 1pm

Fact: Cell phone recycling rates are only at 11%. How can we make it better?

Fact: Cell phone recycling rates are only at 11%. How can we make it better?

Even today's most advanced devices will become outdated eventually, so why are we so reluctant to recycle our old tech? Photo: Alexis Petru, Earth911 We’ve been reading about the mounting problem of e-waste for years. According to the EPA, it’s the fastest growing portion of our waste stream. But for all the discussion about e-cycling, rates are not increasing at the same speed of our consumption. The most recent EPA data shows that the most recycled form of e-waste is computers (38 percent), but one of the fastest growing segments, mobile devices, isn’t comparing. “Approximately 141 million mobile devices were ready for end-of-life management in 2009, more than any other type of product,” says the report. This means we’re storing or throwing out more than we should, with the 2009 cell phone recycling rate only at 8 percent (approximately 11.8 million devices). Surprised? ...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/05/04/how-can-we-increase-p...

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