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Study: Cell Phone Waste Harmful Associated Press / A new kind of cell phone pollution and this one is silent. Within three years, Americans will discard about 130 million cellular telephones a year, and that means 65,000 tons of trash, including toxic metals and other health hazards, a study says. “Because these devices are so small, their environmental impacts might appear to be minimal,” says Bette Fishbein, a researcher at Inform, an environmental research organization, who wrote the report. But, she says, the growth in cell phone use has been so rapid and enormous “that the environmental and public health impacts of the waste they create are a significant concern.”

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