Reading about the material composition of mobile devices, it’s fairly obvious that a vast quantity of harmful stuff is being ditched as phones and other assistive mobile technologies are being replaced with newer models.
So what’s in a mobile phone (courtesy Cécile Marin)?
So what’s truly nasty in a phone (courtesy www.healthystuff.org)?
And expect loads more to come – with 1.9 billion phones expected to be sold in 2013, the current projection is that some 2.9 billion new assistive devices will be sold in 2017. Which means that e-waste – intricate mixtures of plastics, metals and chemicals – which can be harmful to people and the environment if not handled properly, will also increase in astronomical volumes.
In developing countries where e-waste is poorly regulated, and generally dismantled and recycled by hand, harmful chemicals and plastics are introduced into the environment via water, air and soil. Workers who dismantle and burn e-waste to retrieve valuable metals and other materials are exposed to harmful chemicals such as heavy metals and inorganic acids, which have the potential for long-term and serious health risks.
Check the findings of this report…for an e-waste site in Accra, Ghana. Very scary stuff.