Scientific American: Do You Know What Happens to Your Old Cell Phone?

David Biello does. He is the associate editor for environment and energy at Scientific American.

And his blog post here offers a sobering view of the afterlife of your cell phone. “The battered Nokia represents an ever-growing trend in the world of electronics—a second or even third life for gadgets. Such “recycling” … has also put millions of people at risk for cybercrime attacks. Even more worrying, ultimately, it’s a major source of toxic pollution.”

The post points out some solutions to keep your information, and other people safe, including using e-Stewards Certified Recyclers. An informative (and highly readable) post.