As environmental enthusiasts, the EyeCura team are hoping to raise more awareness about the damage that Electronic-Waste such as dumped phones and TV’s cause the environment. Our aim is to show you what you can do to save the earth. We are going to focus mainly on the smartphone area as it is growing 3x faster than all other types of E-waste and due to its catastrophic effects on the environment.
1. Extraordinary statistics about smartphone industry.
- Since January 2018, Apple has sold 77.32 million iPhones (Statista, 2018).
- Over the past 10 years, Apple sold more than 1-billion iPhones (Statista, 2018).
- In the 2nd Quarter of 2017, Android OS devices sold more than 321.18 Million phones (Statista, 2018).
- Over the past few years, Samsung sold more than 1.5-billion mobile phones (Statista, 2018).
- It is estimated that there are 23 million unused mobile phones all over Australia (ABC AU News).
- Mobile phone e-waste is generating 3x faster than regular e-waste.
More statistics below:
These statistics show that an enormous amount of devices are DUMPED every day and causing incredibly harmful effect to the environment.
2. How is this harmful towards the environment?
- Mobile phones occupy large land fill space, creating long-term pollution risk.
- Mobile phones contain many toxic heavy metals such as Cadmium.
- Hazardous metals such as Cadmium do not degrade in the environment and if leaked, can leach into soil and water causing harmful risk.
- Generate 23,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents, 520 mega litres of water, 400,000 gigajoules of energy and 160,000 cubic metres of land fill space this year.
- Read the full article here.
Source: Australia Government
As you can see from, so many waste management facilities across Australia and each of them contain a lot of dumped mobile phones. Thus, from the information above, there is not many way that an old smartphone be able to be recycled. Moreover, despite burry/burn/seperate.
3. What YOU can do to help
- Reduce: Don’t buy a new phone unless you need it.
- Reuse: Don’t throw away your old phone irresponsibly. Try to find a way to reuse it. For example, you could use apps such as EyeCura.
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