All tech companies, these days, want to convince their customers that their products are environmentally friendly. One example is iPhone 12 products without chargers. This is while each year these firms offer new models to customers who throw out their old phones to get new ones.
Gartner, IT service management company, announced that customers bought some 153 million cellphones in one year (2019).
Also, in 2018, purchasers kept their phones for a duration of 2 years, and it’s predicted that the time span will decrease as they will turn into updated 5G phones.
The cofounder and CEO of iFixit, Kyle Wiens, said there’s no equipment to cast off phones, crush them and use them in new devices; so, we don’t know what to do with phones that are left out.
Research by Global E-Waste Monitor revealed that in 2019 nearly 6.9 million metric tons of electronic waste was collected only in the U.S., only some 15% of which was stored to recycle.
The issue of e-waste will be there unless companies like Samsung, Apple and others come up with a solution for e-waste. Customers, too, will have to change their attitude to not let go of their phones too soon.