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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Wed Sep 06 2000 - 08:22:54 EDT


Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 08:22:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Recycling mobile phones (Shane Newton)

Sept. 6, 2000

Dear Shane Newton,

Yes, mobile phones and their batteries can be profitably recycled, especially to avoid a determination that it is hazardous waste especially because of the batteries and lead content. On the other hand, aconsumer throwing away one or two of these phones is not subject to hazardous waste rules. Bell Atlantic has contracts with firms that recycle cell phones since 1997; by now, so do their competitors. This is the only viable way to do it economically at present. See In many a desk, acell phone grave, in the NY Times, 7/16/98. In the UK the 'ECTEL' program is doing this for many brands of phones. They have a website: www.ectel.org

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