Photos: Recycling the mobile mountain

Photos: Recycling the mobile mountain

Summary: A biodegradable phone cover with a sunflower built into it and a circuit board made of pasta are just some of the techniques being employed to make mobile phones greener

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • 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.

Topic: Hardware

Andrew Donoghue

About Andrew Donoghue

"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

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Andrew Donoghue is a freelance technology and business journalist with over ten years on leading titles such as Computing, SC Magazine, BusinessGreen and

Specialising in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world, he has reported and volunteered on African aid projects, as well as working with charitable organisations such as the UN Foundation and Computer Aid.

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