Electronic waste

How many times have you replaced a house hold appliance or cell phone or computer and where do you dispose of the old ones. Did you know that this waste is called e-waste?
E-waste describes loosely discarded surplus, obsolete or broken electronic devices. E-waste includes ICT equipment, consumer electronics and small/large house hold appliances. A rapid change in technology, low initial cost, and planned obsolescene have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of e-waste around the globe. We do not want to throw our e-waste in landfills because it usually contains hazardous toxic materials such as lead. CFC’s, mercury and arsenic will eventually become part of our food-chain if we dump our electronic waste in landfills. Electronic waste contains both hazardous and valuable materials. Recycling and disposal of e-waste may involve enough risk to workers and communities, great care must be taken to avoid unsafe exposure in recycling operations and leaching of materials such as heavy metals from landfills and incinerator ashes. Informal processing of electronic waste can cause serious health and pollution problems. Contaminates such as lead, mercury, brominated and flame retardants can find their way into landfill sites.
Majority of e-waste is disposed of in landfills, where it can eventually create health problems through human exposure. Currently less than 10% of e-waste produced is reused or recycled. 80% of the worlds e-waste is transported to Asia and most of it winds up in China.
The best thing for you to do is ensure that your e-waste is taken to places it can be properly disposed of.
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