In this article we will tell you about e-Waste Awareness. Here’s the complete detail.
Electronics and electrical items rule the world. This is an age of electronics and electrical devices, where the advantages are highly appreciated, and cons are conveniently forgotten. This scenario is gradually changing, and people are gaining awareness about the problems e-waste is creating. Even though there are many who do not still know all about e-waste and its effect on the environment.
What is e-waste?
When the old electronic items are dumped off, their toxic waste is also thrown down in the environment. Gadgets like cell phone, computers and other devices contain metals like cadmium, lead and much more that harm the environment and its residents. These devices and metals are not biodegradable, which means they damage the land and the underground water. The wastes that damage the environment and other materials that cannot be recycled are called the e-waste.
Why is awareness required?
Compared with the last decade, it is easy to understand that the gadgets are an indispensable part of our lives. The more the gadgets are used, the larger the e-wastes are deposited in the trash bin. Developed countries face the issue of e-waste getting accumulated 75% more than the previous year. In such cases, this e-waste is sent to the developing countries as most of them have liberal laws on the environmental front, and also the cost of labor is low.
Only a few governments, like that of California, has levied the fee for the recycling of e-waste. The law covers only the CRT monitors. The fee is based on the size of the monitor and the cost of recycling. Slowly, there are ideas coming up from across the globe regarding recycling and disposing off the e-waste.
It is not only the health hazards and the environmental pollution that are to be noted, but the e-wastes actually means that some recyclable materials too are thrown away. So, it is necessary to be aware of the materials that can be used again so that the production cost of many of the gadgets can be brought down.
What can individuals do?
As a consumer, one can bring enormous effort on the e-waste management. For this, start up with spreading the news about e-waste, the damages caused and all regarding e-waste to your friends, family and people at the workplace.
When you want to discard your computer or cell phone or any other electronic goods, take them to your nearest e-waste recycling center. Never push off this idea thinking that a small gadget doesn’t matter. In truth, even the tiny cell phone contains thousands of carcinogens that can cause severe damage to the environment.
There are more than 1400 Staples stores in US. You need to pay $10 for the device to be recycled, and keyboard and mouse are recycled for no charges, and they stick to EPA standards. You can also join a Staples program and make them pay some amount to a school if the school gives them eligible ink toner or cartridge that they intend to discard.
Moreover, it would be a great idea to join the projects like Rethink Initiative, which is focused, on recycling, selling or donating electronic junk.
You can also start off with many organizations who help in donating the used electronic gadgets to charities and churches.
Donate your used cell phones to Verizon Wireless as the money will be used for fighting against domestic violence.
Besides opting for all these options, to reduce the e-waste foot print, it is very essential for both individuals and organizations that e-waste management’s three golden rules-reduce, reuse and recycle should be followed effectively.