Do developing countries need mobile recycling options too?

23/02/2010

Do Developing Countries Need Mobile Recycling Options Too?

Increasing uptake of mobile phone technologies in developing countries - often the beneficiaries of mobile recycling - could mean that the nations need greater options to dispose of handsets without harming the environment, it has been suggested.

The United Nations (UN) has suggested that electronic waste has increased in developing nations and that it could soon become a serious environmental problem if efforts to address it are not made.

Electronic waste in nations such as South Africa and China could see a four-fold increase by 2020, while India's waste output could rise by as much as five times over the same period, the UN's Environmental Programme (UNEP) has suggested.

UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said the world does not currently have measures in place to cope with the increased use of mobile phones in the past ten years.

"The world is now confronted with a massive wave of electronic waste that is going to come back and hit us, particularly for least-developed countries, that may become a dumping ground," he said.

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Posted by Paul Whalley