E-waste is another term for electronics nearing the end of their useful life. What most people don’t know is that these electronics can all be reused, refurbished and recycled. Approximately 20-50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated each year, and this is becoming a serious problem. The e-waste contain toxic materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and beryllium. These toxic materials can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, and endocrine disruption. Additionally, these toxic elements present risks to communities as well as the global ecosystem. The problem with e-waste is that only a small percentage of it is recycled. In fact, 11-14% pf e-waste in the US is actually sent to recyclers, and the remainder is either dumped or burned. 70-80% of the e-waste that reaches the recyclers is exported to countries with developing countries.
To solve the e-waste crisis, there are a couple of steps that people can take. The simplest solution is to rethink your upgrade. Do you really need the newest iphone? or the thinnest laptop? Another step that you can take is to not trash your electronics in a landfill. Instead, there are many organizations in the world that hope to solve the e-waste problem, including one of the most notable, Goodwill. This specific organization reduces the toxins in the e-waste, is reuses the electronics and is recycles e-waste. Although e-waste is a growing concern, there are many things that can be done to prevent the problem from growing.
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By Jillian Chrysikos