Do you know that there is a huge problem worldwide which is very common in our homes and is loaded with hazardous chemicals? Have you ever thought that what happens to your old electronics when you throw them or sell them? Where does it go? Electronic Waste or E-Waste is those electronics which are no longer in use or has been replaced by a new gadget. Computers, Laptops, Mobile Phones, T.V’s, Microwaves, C.D’s, DVD’s, iPods , Landline Phones, Electronic Toys, Remote Controls and Wires are some common electronic items which ultimately turns up in E-Waste.
E-Waste is a valuable source for Secondary Raw materials (like Palladium, Copper, Gold and Silver) if treated properly, however if it is not disposed of in the right way can be very hazardous, millions of Electronics could be leaking harmful chemicals into Groundwater, Air and Soil. According to researches, nearly 75% of Old Electronics are dumped in Storage because of the uncertainty of how to manage these materials. A computer may be out dated, but everything from motherboard to the plastic can be reused or recycled. But unfortunately, they are not, thus making the electronics discards as one of the fastest growing waste in the industrialized world.
During this generation where technologies are being invented every day with rapid product innovations, replacing the old ones quickly and from analogue to digital techniques have shifted us to the Electronic World. People wants to follow the trend and are replacing their electronics like Mobile Phones, T.V’s, Laptops etc. Increasing production of new electronic goods due to increasing demand puts the old electronic items being dumped, resulting in E-Waste piling up to millions.
As per the reports, Asia discards 12 million tons of E-Waste each year. A recent report by United Nations predicts that by 2020 e-waste from old computers in South Africa and China will have jumped by 200–400 % and by 500 % in India compared to 2007 levels. It also states that by 2020 e-waste from discarded cell phones will be increased to 7 times than 2007 in China and 18 times in India.
A recent article by Times of India says that: India generates over 4.4 lakh tonnes of e-waste annually and almost half of all the unused and end-of-life electronic products lie waste in landfills, junkyards and warehouses, the report notes. Computer equipment accounts for almost 68% of e-waste material. This is followed by telecommunication (12%), electrical (8%) and medical equipment (7%) with household e-crap accounting for the remaining 5%, the analysis points out. Less than 5% of India’s total Electronic waste is recycled observed in a study done on World Environment Day.
Electronic waste is of concern largely due to the toxicity of some of the substances if processed improperly. The toxicity is due in part to lead, mercury, cadmium and a number of other substances. A typical computer monitor may contain more than 6% lead by weight; up to thirty-eight separate chemical elements are incorporated into electronic waste items. The only way is to strategize the disposal of e-waste and lay emphasis on refurbishing it which will protect the environment along with economic benefits.
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