UN calls for an increase in mobile recycling options

23 February 2010 — 11:34 AM

Mobile recycling can protect the environment

Mobile phone manufacturers could soon be encouraged to offer mobile recycling options to their customers, if recent suggestions are anything to go by.

The United Nations (UN) has warned that electronic waste is on the increase in developing nations and that this could become a serious environmental issue if efforts to address the problem are not made.

According to the UN's Environmental Programme (UNEP), electronic waste in countries such as China and South Africa could see a four-fold increase by 2020, while India's waste output could rise by as much as five times over the same period.

UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said the world had not yet made the necessary measures to cope with the increased uptake of mobile phones over the past ten years.

He said: "The world is now confronted with a massive wave of electronic waste that is going to come back and hit us, particularly for least-developed countries, that may become a dumping ground."

Vodafone has recently revealed that it plans to launch the low-cost Vodafone 150 and 250 handsets in developing markets.

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