The realisation that the world's resources are finite has led to a move towards sustainable manufacturing, and greater emphasis being placed on the reduction of waste. Globally, between 20 and 50 million tons of electronic waste are created each year. This "e-waste", whether mobile phones, laptops or electronic components, make up 5% of all municipal solid waste worldwide.
Other than reducing components in devices during the design and manufacture stages, the obvious option for reducing this waste is the disassembly of components for recycling. However, re-use is proving increasingly popular across the globe.
Mats Pellback Scharp, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Sony Ericsson
Bill Eyres, Head of Sustainability, O2
Nardono Nimpuno, Senior Policy Advisor, ChemSec
Kirsi Sormunen, VP Environmental Affairs, Nokia
Rose Read, Manager (AMTA) Mobile Phone Recycling Program, Mobile Muster
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