Electronic Waste ( E Waste ) Is The Fastest Growing Form Of Solid Waste?

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This semester I learned about a number of topics related to environmental issues. These topics included, solid and hazardous waste, water supply and resources, water pollution, climate change, indoor and outdoor air pollution, food production, soil erosion and pesticide use, population growth, nonrenewable resources and energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainability and biodiversity. During this coursework there were many important issues I was not aware of that are affecting our plant every day. Electronic waste (e-waste) is the fastest growing form of solid waste. Most of the world’s e-waste, 80% to 90% is produced in developed countries and then transferred to developing countries for disposal. Recycling e-waste in developed countries is costly, which is why people are exporting this unwanted material to undeveloped countries. Due to this process, developing countries are experiencing major issues with e-waste because it is uncontrolled. One way that waste is disposed of is by burning. The burning of e-waste releases deadly fumes into the air for people to inhale. This is particularly alarming since there is no safety measures put into place for the individuals disposing our waste. That is why the Basel Convention was developed. This treaty was created to stop hazardous waste from being exported to developing countries, in turn protecting human health and as well as the welfare of the environment. What else can we do as members of this plant…

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