Landfills receive 5 billion mobile phones every year

Environmental scientists have come to the conclusion that this year, landfills around the world will witness the emergence of 5.3 billion used mobile phones, most of which will not be destroyed.

The total volume of “electronic waste” will be 24.5 million tons. This was reported by the press office of the WEEE International Orientation Forum. Forum coordinator Magdalena Charitanovic said: “These devices can be a valuable resource for the production of other electronic devices, which is important for the transition to a green economy.

She explained that the so-called “electronic waste” consists of components of household appliances and equipment that were dumped in landfills after they were morally obsolete. These wastes often contain large quantities of gold and other valuable materials such as lithium and cobalt, whose reserves on Earth are very limited.

United Nations experts recently conducted a comprehensive analysis of the speed of growth of this waste in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Their calculations showed that the amounts of e-waste increased by 50% over the past 10 years, knowing that only 3.2% of this waste is properly destroyed. Such behavior increases the burden on the environment and the economy of the world.

WEEE scientists recently conducted the first detailed study of the proportion of “e-waste” that falls on small devices, such as smartphones or other devices that are not difficult to dispose of, compared to other electronic devices, and often fail or are replaced when they become old.

According to the researchers’ calculations, mobile phones and other small devices make up a large share of e-waste, about 8% of its total mass. The total mass of this waste this year will be about 24.5 million tons, which is 4 times more than the mass of the Khufu pyramid.

About 600,000 tons of this waste belongs to laptops, tablets, and other expensive devices whose boards, circuits, and batteries contain a lot of gold, silver, and lithium.

Environmentalists said that the correct treatment of all this garbage will replenish the world’s reserves of gold, lithium, and many other precious metals by 5-7%, and will also protect nature from the accumulation of toxic cobalt compounds and many cancer-causing organic substances used in the manufacture of devices.

Jacob Morris

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