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MPPI Considers Whether Cell Phones Should be Hazardous Waste

Published September 1, 2005

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The Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI), a voluntary partnership under the Basel Convention, is currently considering whether to recommend an interpretation of the Basel Convention that would presume that mobile phones qualify as hazardous wastes unless the phones are tested and shown to not exhibit hazardous characteristics.

The outcome of the MPPI will impact the approaches taken by governments to manage used mobile phones and other electronic waste. A hazardous waste classification would dramatically increase the costs of managing used phones and would prohibit certain exports out of Europe and the United States.

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