The Impact of E-waste and Potential Solutions: An overview
Project 4 W credit
Environmental Science and Resource Management 100
University of Washington email@example.com Introduction
Electronic waste (or E-waste) describes discarded electrical or electronic equipment (EEE), such as computers, Televisions, and cell phones. For the past decades, the global demands for electronic devices has increased exponentially while the life span for these equipment has been shortened sharply. Given the high demands but short life cycle for electronic devices, more and more product have been discarded without proper handling. These waste may contains toxic substance such as mercury and lead which can contaminate the environment and threaten human’s health. In addition, the physical design and component of electronic devices make them harder to recycle and recover useable materials from than other types of waste. Therefore, E-waste has become a great problem and risen growing concern worldwide.
This research paper will introduce and define the concept of E-waste, provide an analyses of some possible causes of electronic waste, outline the impact of electronic waste to both humans and the environment and provide a variety of strategies and techniques that can be made to reduce E-waste and properly collect, recycle and dispose electronic materials.
Definition of Electronic Waste
E-waste, short for electronic waste, is loosely used to describe a wide range of unwanted electronic or
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However, there have been attempts to stop this. The United States is the only industrialized country who does not have an international treaty which makes it illegal to export or traffic toxic e-waste. The idea is to stop dumping e-waste on the world’s poorest, poverty struck nations and to work towards safer waste management within the country. The European Union provides a model for industrial regulation, hoping that the burden of the e-waste would be put on manufacturers instead of the consumers. On the other hand, a more fitting choice would be to begin manufacturing the devices with an end of life plan. As of right now cell phones are designed to make disassembly difficult. Instead, ideas have been proposed to sell the devices with prearranged disposal service or to allow users to exchange their old phone for a new one instead of throwing them away improperly. With the idea in mind that individuals play a role in environmental sustainability, this provides incentive that people would be more interested in trading in their old phones for new ones while saving the earth at the same
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It has become the new “norm” with people to replace their electronics because their devices become out of date or they feel like they have to have the latest thing. In the article “Our E-Waste Problem Is Ridiculous, And Gadget Makers Aren’t Helping,” by Christina Bonnington, the author discusses how people buy new electronics every year when they come out and the old ones get abandoned. She also talks about how many people aren’t properly recycling their old devices and how some electronics can be impossible to recycle the right way. She also talks
If you where to ask a small child in Nigeria—"what do you do everyday?" They will most likely answer, "burning e-waste and selling the minerals inside in in." Not an answer you would receive from an American children living in the Untied States. Slowly this kids are being sicken by all the dangerous substances that e-waste contains. Soon this will lead for their bodies to stop growing properly. They will eventually die. Old electronics should not be thrown away, instead recycled. Because it is not healthy for the people in the countries that try to take out the material inside of the e-waste. And because we need tougher laws. Also because you can recycle.
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Techno trash (or e-waste) is one of the negative impacts of new technology. It is the rubbish created by discarded electronics. Developed countries such as the U.S export 50% to 80% of their techno trash to poorer Asian countries. The discarded technology is processed by workers who do not have the right equipment to handle and safely recycle these tech materials. This puts the workers and community to high levels of toxic materials, which could turn towns and the surrounding area into contaminated dumps. The e-waste that isn’t transported to Asia ends up in local landfills and poses risks to the surrounding environment and communities. Technology is made up of a mixture of dangerous chemicals. The toxic chemicals can cause serious damage to the environment. Some of these chemicals include beryllium, cadmium, lead and
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The pamphlet "Australia's e-waste a ticking time bomb", distributed by an unnamed environmental organisation, serves as both a warning to its readers as well as a useful informative resource on the topic of 'e-waste' - that is, unused technology that has become landfill. The writer adopts an informative yet cautionary tone in an attempt to show readers the urgency with which the problem needs to be addressed. They contend that Australians should aim not to remove technology from their lives altogether, but to seek out ways to be more sustainable users of it. By appealing to readers' concern for the environment and revealing the risks for their own health, the writer seeks to establish fear and, as a result a desire to reduce their own personal
(Dictionary.com, 2017) That is the definition of e-waste and the way they dispose of the electronic waste is by shredding it into small pieces and ready to be recycled, strong magnets are used to ferrous metals like steel, non-magnetic metals are separated. All the materials are put in their parts each raw material is sent to be made into new, example zinc which is used in mobile phone can be used in shipbuilding or Gold found in games consoles can be made into
A new recycling category that has come together over years is called E-waste. As stated by Electronic Recyclers International, “E-waste is defined as all obsolete or outdated computers, televisions, cell phones, printers, PDAs, and thousands of other devices commonly used in offices, homes, and by people on the go.” (Electronicrecyclers.com, 2008) As mentioned before, all it takes are a few minutes to search the web and you can find out the best places and solutions to get rid of your old electronics efficiently. For instance, local Best Buy stores have set up new programs to have people bring in used electronics at their own convenience.