February 14th 2020
Lack of education and concern about the environment was the reason that people did not know about the growing e-waste or its dangerous consequences. And for those who realized about the criticality of the problem either were not bothered or didn’t take any initiative to do something about it as neither did they know what to do nor were there were any proper electronic recycling companies that could look into the matter, curb e-waste or take steps to solve and reduce the problem. But eventually people have realized how rapidly the e-waste is increasing and what can be the repercussions if we still do not do anything to impede its growth and proliferation. E-waste can have perilous effects on both human health as well as environment. So it is our utmost responsibility to restrain the problem from growing. We all are well aware that the problem cannot be ended completely as the electronic gadgets, their use and the growing fascination to replace them is growing. The use of technology has multiplied and so has the production and demand of these electronics. Also the introduction of a better and improved versions has led to the replacement or discard of older models as everyone desires to possess neoteric configuration for better working and outcomes. All this has led to more and more of electronic disposal.
On the contrary, if this e-waste is sorted in a proper manner not only helps in the prevention of water and air pollution that is brought about by hazardous electronic disposal, but also gain various materials, such as metals, which are recyclable. Dismantling end-of-life electronics such as computers and recycling the various materials in them promotes the conservation of undamaged natural resources. In addition, it also helps in reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced as a result of the manufacture of new electronics.
If the materials are recovered from old electronics these can be used in the production of new electronics. In this way less raw material will be extracted from the earth. Many of the electronics are disposed off in a very good condition such electronics can be recycled.
Old electronics that are working can be refurbished and donated to organizations or charitable trusts. In this way you are doing your bit in helping low-income families, schools etc to access the technology they could not afford. This is the best way to reuse electronics.
Recycling creates employment for many. People can earn their living by joining organizations involved in recycling electronics. There are many who revamp old electronics and sell them at fair prices. This really helps in reducing e-waste.
For those who are unaware about what these electronics consist of, these electronics contain various toxic components like mercury, lead, cadmium, polybrominated flame retardants, barium and lithium. These electronics can be dangerous whether they are incinerated or exposed to heat or simply thrown off. When computer monitors and other electronics are burned, they release cancer-producing dioxins into the air that we all breathe. If electronics are thrown in landfills, these toxins may leach into groundwater, affecting local aquifers and entering the food chain.
Companies that discard their computers, hard drives etc in bulk amount are in a way exposing there confidential data in public. There is always a threat to misuse of private information of these companies. In order to protect this information it is important that a reliable electronic recycling center is hired that can help in safe recycling and disposal of e-waste that can protect the private information and also help in protecting the environment.