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Discarded phones, computers and electronics waste problem
Posted: MinervaDoe @ Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:37 pm
Discarded phones, computers and electronics behind world’s fastest growing waste problem
Of course this belongs in the Morning Trash Heap.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/13/discarded-phones-computers-electronics-behind-worlds-fastest/









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“Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors, and TVs contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately.

“Most e-waste is not properly documented and not treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods.”











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“E-waste is the most emblematic by-product of this transition and everything shows that it will continue to grow at unprecedented rates.”

The rise in waste has been driven by falling prices in electrical devices, coupled with companies encouraging customers to buy the latest version of their model at smaller intervals, and making old devices incompatible with new software.

The average smartphone life cycle in Britain is now under two years and there are = more mobile phone subscriptions and handsets (7.7 billion) globally than their are people on Earth (7.4 billion).



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