- According to a recent study, about 16 million Malaysians own mobile phones in 2006. Out of this total, 58.7% were male consumers whilst 41.3% were female consumers.
- At an average, mobile phone consumers change phones every 18 months.
- Unfortunately many consumers do not know safe disposal of old mobile phones and used batteries.
OBJECTIVE OF THE CAMPAIGN
- To study effective strategies to overcome old mobile phones problems and used batteries.
- To manage proper disposal of old mobile phones and used batteries.
- To explain and make the public aware of the importance of recycling mobile phones and used batteries.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLING
- To extend life duration of dump-site.
- Reduce the need (demand) for natural-resources.
- To give opportunity for new industries.
WHY SHOULD WE RECYCLING
- Mobile phones and used accessories contain toxic components such as lead, arsenic, mercury and ‘fire retardants’.
- These waste is classified as e-waste under the code SW 110 First Schedule, Environmental Quality Regulations 2005 (Scheduled Waste)
- Used mobile phone batteries contain heavy metals such cadmium, mercury nickel or lithium.
- These waste is classified as e-waste under the code SW 103 First Schedule, Environmental Quality Regulations 2005 (Scheduled Waste).
- Improper disposal of old mobile phones and used batteries could cause the environment pollution especially to soil and underground water and could affect public health.
MOBILE PHONE COMPONENTS THAT CAN BE RECYCLED
- Whole Mobile Phone Components
- Mobile Phone batteries
Mobile Phone accessories ie:
- Battery Charger
- Hands free
- Plastic Casing
According to research studies, accumulative exposure to toxic substance could give effects such as:
- “Brominated Flame Retardants” Substances one often associated with liver damage and human immunization system.
- Cadmium can cause damage on the lungs, kidney, bone and cancer risk ailment.
- Lithium can give health side-effect such as diarrhea, nausea sense and vomiting, slurred speech and walking difficulty.
- Lead could disturb the nervous system and could also cause retardation of children mental development.
- Mercury could cause adverse impact on the nervous system and kidney and could also hinders eyesight and hearing.