Advent of smartphones have made the world a smaller place and added comfort to our daily lives. Smartphones are finally taking the nation by storm. According to a report India will be the fastest growing mobile market in the world till 2020. India is home to 20% of all mobile in the world.
Phones are supposed to last 4-5 years but we are switching them every year or two year, its all status symbol. However we are upgrading to a new one, we also need to give some thought to what will happen to the pre-existing one.
Since the number of mobile phones has been increasing everyday, simultaneously the amount of e-waste too.
Do you know that mobile phones are considered as one of the most hazardous waste because it contain a large number of harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium etc. If not handled carefully reaches the landfill site and seeps into the soil, contaminate the groundwater and enter the food chain causing harm to the living beings and environment and when it ends up in the hands of improper recyclers consists of local kabadivala, scrap merchant,they use open air burning method releasing harmful gases, effecting nearby residents and environment.
Its time for us to realise that what has gone around will come around. There is no magic to reduce the e- waste in a blink of an eye and make people use their old phones.
How to recycle? I am sure majority of people will have phones lying at home awaiting their fate. Now its our turn to dispose them off at locations where it could be recycled.
Offline: The main channels for disposing off are the shops that sell them and there are other organisations that accept them for recycling.
Online: Sell them! There are tons of phone recycling companies out there. Find one who is offering the best price and you will get the cash depending on the condition of your phone.
It will just take a few minutes of your time and you will be surprised to know that how much your old phone is worth.
Recently I have sold my old phone too, imagine how good you will feel to know that your phone is getting a new lease of life and also contributing to save mother earth from e-waste burden.
Last but not the least you can make other people aware about what e-waste is, how it can impact health and environment and how we can help. After all, we have to answer our children what planet we will leave behind for them.
How do you dispose off your old mobile phones? Share your ideas in the comment section below.
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