Disposal of old mobile phones
Dangers of disposing
When you look at a computer or cell phone, it doesn’t seem to be dangerous. Typically, only the outer casing you are able to see, but it’s what’s inside that is a threat to the environment, people and animals. Electronic products are packed with heavy metals, semi-metals and various chemical compounds that can leak into soil and become hazardous. Things like lead, mercury, copper, barium, nickel and even arsenic are all present within a variety of electronic products. As they’re being thrown away or placed in the landfills, the products often break which can cause the hazardous materials to come out.
These metals and chemicals may not have much of a risk in very small doses, because as they are taken in by the body, it works to get rid of them. However, if they are taken in faster than the body can dispose of them, they can be a big risk. Many of these chemicals and metals are known causes of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, , damaged organs and more.
Who is at risk?
Recycling your phone
Cell phones contain a variety of precious metals, copper, and plastics.
For every one million cell phones recycled, we can recover 75 pounds of gold, 772 pounds of silver, 33 pounds of palladium, and 35,274 pounds of copper; cell phones also contain tin, zinc and platinum.
Recycling one million cell phones also saves enough energy to provide electricity to 185 U.S. households for a year.
How are Materials from Recycled Cell Phones Used?
Almost all of the materials used to manufacture cell phones (metals, plastics and rechargeable batteries) can be recovered and used to make new products.
Recovered plastics are recycled into plastic components for new electronic devices and other plastic products such as garden furniture, plastic packaging and auto parts.
When rechargeable cell-phone batteries can no longer be reused, they can be recycled to make other rechargeable battery products. Overall, recycling your phones helps the environment massiveness.