Cell phone disinfections are costing the US $2.6 billion per year
Posted On July 15, 2021
The cost of disinfecting and replacing cell phones is expected to be $2 billion per annum in 2021, according to a study by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the University of Michigan.
This is in addition to the estimated $1.5 billion spent in 2016 by the Environmental Protection Agency on cleaning up phone dust.
The ACS and the U-M researchers used an environmental model developed by the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to estimate the cost of mobile phone disinfecting.
It found that each new cell phone could cost $2,000 to $3,000 in replacement costs.
In a paper to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the ACS researchers estimated that cell phone disinfectants could cost the US government about $1 billion in 2021.
In an earlier report to the National Science Foundation, the ACS said the cost estimate would rise if cell phone pollution levels remained unchanged.
A recent report by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans believe mobile phones pose a serious health threat.
The pollsters found that 71% of Americans thought mobile phones should be regulated as hazardous waste, with 44% believing that mobile phones were “probably harmful”.
The ACS study said mobile phones’ pollution is linked to poor health outcomes and the costs they can add to our daily lives.
A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that mobile phone dust and other pollutants from phones are a major cause of respiratory illness, heart attacks and other serious illnesses.
A study in a US newspaper last year found that phones emitted more than twice as much greenhouse gases as the US population, which the authors said was “significantly worse than many other industrialized nations”.
The study found that the emissions were caused by phones emitting heat and other toxins into the atmosphere and oceans.
“There’s not a lot we can do about it,” said Chris Denniston, senior researcher at the American Lung Association’s mobile phone and air pollution program.
“We’ve got to get the issue under control.
We’ve got all these devices and all these functions in our homes.
If we don’t do anything about it, it’s going to get worse.”
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