An exhibition has opened at London's Science Museum looking at the issue of mobile phone recycling. Dead Ringers, which is based in the museum's Antenna science and technology news gallery, investigates how the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive will impact industry and consumers alike.
There are around 50 million mobile phone users in the UK and global usage of mobiles is expected to reach two billion this year. However, tighter recycling legislation is forcing manufacturers to come up with new and innovative ways of disposing of old phones. Around 1,700 mobile phones are upgraded every hour in the UK alone — end-to-end, they would form a line as long as 18 double-decker buses.