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Hundreds of used cellphones sit waiting to be recycled at the offices of ECO ATM, a start-up company, in San Diego, California April 20, 2010. The eco-friendly company is building ATM type kiosks that allow a person to be instantly paid for recycling their old cell phone. Picture taken April 20, 2010.

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Technicians dismantle Xerox machines inside an e-waste recycle factory at Mankhal, 55 km south of Hyderabad July 17, 2009. A local environment group estimated in 2007 that India produces 150,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year.
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A man walks past electronic waste, also known as e-waste, at a junk shop in Mumbai October 27, 2008.
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A worker scoops industrial s**** materials, collected from discarded electronic items, at Dowa Holdings Co's Eco-System Recycling Co, a recycling plant, in Honjo, north of Tokyo March 28, 2008. Thinking of throwing out your old cell phone? Think again. Maybe you should mine it first for gold, silver, copper and a host of other metals embedded in the electronics - many of which are enjoying near-record prices. It's called "urban mining", scavenging through the s**** metal in old electronic products in search of such gems as iridium and gold, and it is a growth industry around the world as metal prices skyrocket. Picture taken March 28, 2008.
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Worker of Ecomicro recycling company, lifts a used computer monitor in Bordeaux, January 22, 2007.
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