This year, 5.3 billion mobile phones will become electronic garbage

This year, 5.3 billion mobile phones will become electronic garbage

When you buy a new smartphone or a button phone, not everyone sends their old devices into recycling or selling them, and many people, on the contrary, store them for some reason, or even throw them away, in both cases, basically turning them into electronic garbage, a fate similar to that of a few billion devices this year alone.

According to the non-governmental organization WEEE Forum, which refers to Digital Trends statistics, about 16 billion mobile phones are now in use worldwide and will result in 5.3 billion mobile devices with electronic waste this year. In order to estimate their number, WEEE Forum suggests that each model has a thickness of about 9 mm. If you put all the smartphones that were thrown out this year one by one, there will be a "top" of 50,000 kilometres — many satellites flying lower.

However, despite all the gold, copper, silver, palladium and other valuable elements used in the production of smartphones, most of the used devices will either end their days in the remote corners of the cupboards or go to the trash cans and then to the landfills and the incinerators.

WEEE Forum on the occasion of the publication of statistics on the International Day of Electronic Waste today, 14 October. According to the organization, mobile phones and smart phones are now one of the most stored e-wastes. A survey of 8,755 households in six EU countries showed that many are storing old devices for the following reasons:

  • for possible future use and other reasons.

Last year, Samsung revealed that the company ' s recycling programme transferred only 0.0019% of the smartphones sold since 2015, implying that many of the remaining buyers are still being used, sold on the secondary market or simply dumped. According to experts, the increase in the number of e-wastes has been much higher than the rate of recycling in the last decade.