Expert urges action on mobile recycling

27/10/2009

Expert Urges Action On Mobile Recycling

Consumers who might be unsure about recycling mobile phones could be convinced by the recent comment of one expert.

According to an article for the Express & Echo, there are a host of dangerous chemicals and substances that poison the earth when old devices are sent to landfill.

This is something waste and recycling manager for East Devon District Council Paul Deakin said should not be tolerated in a society where it is so simple to take the greener approach.

"If these dangerous pollutants get into our water courses, fish and other wildlife may be poisoned," he warned, adding batteries represent some of the worst offenders when it comes to harming the planet.

Mr Deakin continued: "EU targets are for 25 per cent of batteries being recycled in 2012 and 45 per cent by 2016. At present, we are recycling less than three per cent."

Earlier this month it was announced that the Olympic Delivery Authority had committed to reducing its landfill waste by half as part of an initiative set up by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.

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