The Expanding Global Impact of Cellphone E-Waste

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 13, 2008

New York Times – The Afterlife of Cellphones: “Americans threw out just shy of three million tons of household electronics in 2006. This so-called e-waste is the fastest-growing part of the municipal waste stream and, depending on your outlook, either an enormous problem or a bonanza. E-waste generally contains substances that, though safely sequestered during each product’s use, can become hazardous if not handled properly when disposed. Those products also hold bits of precious metals like silver, copper, platinum and gold.”

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