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Facing an e-waste mountain (28 Dec 2004)
Four million phones have been sold this Christmas, which means another four million are probably no longer used.

Most are destined for the rubbish bin, with the potato peelings and chocolate wrappers. And like all household waste, they end up in the ground.

Teenagers get a new phone every 11 months, adults every 18 months. A total of 15 million handsets are replaced each year.

It is estimated that 200 million electrical items per year end up in non-hazardous landfill sites, so there could be six billion items buried across the UK.
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