It's not only chargers, but tons of cell phones too
"In the US alone, more than 500 million used cell phones sit on shelves or in our landfills. Another 130 million will be added this year. This problem is growing at a rate of more than 2 million phones per week! Cell phones contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, beryllium, arsenic, cadmium, and antimony. If incinerated these substances can pollute the air; in landfills they can leach into groundwater. Many of the materials found in cell phones are also on the EPA's list of persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs). Because PBTs accumulate in fatty tissue of humans and animals, the toxins are gradually concentrated, putting those at the top of the food chain at the greatest risk, especially children. According to the EPA, "PBTs are associated with a range of adverse human health effects, including damage to the nervous system, reproductive and developmental problems, cancer and genetic impacts." -GSMA
- Currently, less than 10 percent of lost items from hotels are returned to the original owner.
- The GSMA
estimates that at least 13.6 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced each year by eliminating the need for producing replacement items.