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E-WASTE is killing our planet?

What is E-WASTE

Electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal are also considered e-waste. The amount of old electronics, or e-waste, such as computers, phones and TVs being discarded every year is growing rapidly. In many countries it's the fastest growing type of waste as cheap prices mean replacing electronics is cheaper than fixing them, while low price often means low quality and a very short life spans.

FACTS AND PERCENTAGES

EUROPE

As electronics increasingly become part of the throw away culture in many developed countries, amounts of e-waste have dramatically increased while solutions have often lagged far behind. Even in the European Union (EU) that has tighter regulation 75 percent of e-waste is unaccounted for. Of the estimated 8.7 million tonnes of e-waste created annually in the EU a massive 6.6 million tonnes of e-waste is not recycled.

US

In the US there is very little regulation of e-waste. Less than 20 percent of US e-waste is recovered for recycling. Worrying the recycling percentages for PCs (10 percent) and TVs (14 percent) are even lower. The imminent switch to digital TVs in the US and elsewhere will lead to a massive increase in the amount of redundant analogue TVs. Even from the 20 percent of e-waste collected in the US much is exported because the US is one of the few countries where it's still legal to export collected e-waste to Asia and Africa.

WHERE DOES
E-WASTE GOES?

Many old electronic goods gather dust in storage waiting to be reused, recycled or thrown away. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as much as three quarters of the computers sold in the US are stockpiled in garages and closets. When thrown away, they end up in landfills or incinerators or, more recently, are exported to Asia.

THE DANGERS OF
E-WASTE

When you look at a computer or cell phone, it doesn’t seem to be dangerous. Typically, only the outer casing is visible, but it’s what’s inside that poses a threat to the environment, people and animals. Electronic products are jam-packed with heavy metals, semi-metals and various chemical compounds that can leak into soil and become hazardous. Things like lead, mercury, copper, barium, nickel and even arsenic are all present within a variety of electronic products. As they’re being thrown away or placed in the landfills, the products often break which can expose the inner workings and those dangerous chemicals and metals. These metals and chemicals may not pose much of a risk in very small doses, because as they are taken in by the body, it works to get rid of them. However, if they are taken in faster than the body can dispose of them, they can be a big risk. Many of these chemicals and metals are known causes of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, impaired cognitive function, damaged organs and more.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

When you dispose of your electronic waste responsibly, you can help remedy this dangerous situation. Our company can pick up your old electronics and recycle them, preventing them from being dumped in a landfill and adding to the mounting problem of electronic waste. You can also simply drop off your electronic waste at our facility and allow us to take it off your hands at your own convenience. Old electronics can be recycled into a variety of new products. This is a huge step you can take to conserve the environment and help protect the plants, people and animals that live on our planet! It takes just a few minutes to schedule a drop-off or pick-up, but makes a huge difference as far as conservation goes. Don’t let any more of your electronic waste get shipped off to the landfill, where it could poison the earth for future generations.

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Why is E-Waste bad?

While the negative impact of e-waste is vast and growing, most people are probably unaware of its reach. The lack of proper recycling leads to harmful toxins like lead and mercury leaching into the environment. Harmful materials like these and many others found in e-waste, cause all sorts of health issues like neurological damage, kidney damage and some cancers, to name a few. And let’s not forget about the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons left behind.

Not only are the e-waste dumpsites toxic, but so are the surrounding areas as a result. For example one of the larger “digital dumping” holes in slums along the banks of the Korle Lagoon in Ghana, has turned the body of water into one of the most polluted on Earth. PBS has a very informative and eye-opening video on the e-waste situation in Ghana as well as several other countries.