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The International Forum on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) estimates that 5.3 billion mobile phones will be thrown away without recycling this year.
The BBC reports that evidence from international commerce shows that the “e-waste” environmental problem is becoming worse.
There are believed to be 16 billion mobile phones in use globally, and studies reveal that many individuals choose to keep their outdated phones instead of recycling them.
5.3 billion mobile phones are anticipated to be wasted this year without being recycled, according to data by WEEE.
The “mountain” of electrical and electronic garbage, which includes everything from toasters and washing machines to tablet computers and global positioning systems (GPS), is expected to grow by 74 million tonnes a year by 2030.