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Posted Jul 25th, 2013

More on Why We Do What We Do: NYT Article on “Where Do Old Cellphones Go to Die?”

In case you missed it (or “ICYMI” for those of you under 30), the New York Times published a very good high level piece about the downstream impacts of improper e-waste recycling.

Unfortunately, most of the negative consequences are in under-developed or developing nations that aren’t educated about–or choose to disregards–the risks of working with mercury, cadmium and other dangerous metals.

Where Do Old Cellphones Go to Die?

By LEYLA ACAROGLU

AMERICANS replace their cellphones every 22 months, junking some 150 million old phones in 2010 alone. Ever wondered what happens to all these old phones? The answer isn’t pretty.

Read the full article at here

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