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Group Targets Hazardous Cell Phone Waste

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May 13, 2002, 10:49 AM   by (staff)

New York-based Inform last Wednesday released a report highlighting environmental and health threats posed by discarded cell phones. By 2005, the group says, 130 million of the devices will be thrown away every year in the United States. Once the phones end up in landfills or incinerators, they could pose a problem because of ingredients such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and flame-retarding chemicals, according to Inform. Inform wants manufacturers to reduce the use of those substances in cell phones and to design them for easier disassembly, reuse and recycling. It is also calling for manufacturers to implement take-back programs and to provide financial incentives to encourage consumers to return their old cell phones and other wireless electronic devices.

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