Organizers of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo aim to produce gold, silver, and bronze medals from the metals found in discarded smartphones and other electronics. The hope is that such a scheme would help raise awareness around so-called "e-waste," though Japan would need to implement a more comprehensive system for collecting discarded electronics.
Consumers want manufacturers to release fewer mobile phone models and do more to help them recycle, according to a new study by Greenpeace.
C&F Manufacturing Philippines response to accusation of firing over 60 workers after forming a union
On 6 June 2016 manufacturing company C&F Philippines, a subsidiary of Irish firm C&F Tooling, retrenched 87 factory workers, stating business losses as cause. WAC accused the company of Union Busting. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited C&F Manufacturing to respond.
GoodElectronics member Closing the Loop is the first in the world to transform the e-waste problem into an opportunity for recycling. She buys up discarded telephones in developing countries and has them recycled in Europe. This month, the company bought its one millionth discarded telephone in Cameroon.
Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, stated in her Huffington Post blog that the Samsung conglomerate has medieval working conditions behind modern technology.