Have you ever broken an electronic device through it away? That waste which you threw away is called electronic waste or e-waste!
Electronic waste or E-waste is a type of waste that describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Sometimes, this E-waste is taken to facilities and recycled and the components of that E-waste are turned into new electronics ready for use.
What is the environmental impact of E-Waste? We know that electronic waste contains batteries and wires right! Well in the trash, these electronics heat up rapidly and then they just explode releasing toxic chemicals into the air! Toxic substances leak from batteries/electronics which can contaminate the water and kill humans/animals. Worldwide, more than 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste are produced every year.
What are the chemicals released? As I mentioned, the electronic waste contains toxic and hazardous components which are bad for our environment! Well, some of these toxic substances are Nickel Cadmium, Mercury, Lithium, Flame Retardants, etc. These are some of the many examples of toxic chemicals which contaminate water 💦 and poison our environment.
How can we help and reduce this pollution?
Re-evaluate: Do you really need that extra gadget? Try finding one device with multiple functions.
Extend the life of your electronics: Buy a case, keep your device clean, and avoid overcharging the battery.
Buy environmentally friendly electronics: Look for products labeled Energy Star or certified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).
Donate used electronics: This will give those electronics extra life.
Reuse large electronics.
Recycle electronics and batteries in e-waste recycling bins located in your area.
These can reduce the amount of pollution caused worldwide and make our beloved earth a better place to live!!! It’s NOW time to do it!
By Sri Nihal Tammana