Proceeding

An Exploration into the Global E-waste Problem: Moving Towards the Responsible Lifecycle Management of Mobile Phones

PTC'16 Young Scholar

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  • Jenna Grzeslo, Ph.D. Student, Pennsylvania State University, USA

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Abstract

Mobile phone proliferation is expanding worldwide, which is leading to an increase in end-of-life mobile devices. End-of-life mobile devices can be reused, recycled, or become electronic waste (e-waste). While e-waste contains valuable materials, it also contains harmful chemicals which when not handled properly can harm individuals, livestock, and water supplies. Case studies of individual’s countries revealed that e-waste disposal is governed individually country to country, and practices for mobile phone disposal vary greatly in the developed versus in the developing world. The objective of this paper is to present mobile phone disposal, a contributing factor to the increase in e-waste, as an international, telecommunications issue. This study concludes with recommendations for future policies and initiatives, which operate from a global perspective.

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