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    E-wastes are increasing causing huge problems.

    E-waste refers to electronic products and equipments ment for data processing, entertainment, etc. It is also defined as "Waste Electronic and electric equipment (WEEE)" and includes computers, laptops, mobiles, printers, television, calculator, etc. The problem of E-waste disposal is that it is non-biodegradable. Electronic equipments contain heavy metals like Cd, Hg, Pd, Sn, Zn, etc. and toxic chemicals.

    In developed countries, the amount of E-wastes produced is about 3% of total solid wastes. In India, the E-wastes generated is 150 million kg/year. The suitable method to dispose E-wastes are the 3 's.
    ie; Reduce - Reuse - Recycle. So save our earth from such harmful wastes. Also suggest some other ideas on this.
  • #7062
    It is a fact that E-wastes are becoming a real threat in the immediate future. Kerala is a small state and the open area here is very less compared to other states. Hence dumping these wastes in open cannot be thought of.
    Here in Kerala, our Electricity Board is encouraging the use of CFL bulbs. There is a small amount of hazardous mercury inside it. Once it is broken it spreads in the soil or water and contaminates earth.
    At present we do not have a system of managing these types of wastes. In several countries this is solved by insisting the producing companies itself to take back these damaged items. These companies can make use of at least certain parts of the damaged ones. Other than this no method has been practiced as far as I know.

    Gold Member, SPK

  • #7071
    We have to find a way to dispose E-wastes and spread an awareness about the hazards.Else the problems our future generation facing must be this.Because now we cannot even think about life without electronic goods.

  • #7081
    This is a terrible issue that should be handled by the government or else there will be a major trouble at hand especially in the issue of health. The only means of resolving this is to gather the e- wastes and recircled them all over again. Convert them to another use.
    Adesola Adeyeye

  • #7138
    Electronic equipment and gadgets are the fastest growing waste stream over world, endocrine disruption,and many other health problems if this waste stream is not properly managed. It couse large health problems. Our waste electronics are polluting drinking water and harming ecosystems around the world.

    Recycling of valuable elements contained in e-waste such as copper and gold has globale-waste management and trade concerns, as well asissues with environmental pollution due to e-waste The Problem of E-waste. Many electronic devices include heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic.
    This all cause large issues.

  • #7198
    E-waste is such a problematic form of rubbish because it typically contains a complex mixture of materials, such as plastic, glass, electronic boards and a variety of metals. It is also effectively a hazardous waste because it can contain toxic substances such as lead. As such it requires specialist handling and should on no account be disposed with everyday waste.

  • #7250
    Now a days we cannot even think about a life without mobile phones ,computers or without electrical applinces,after 5or 10 years those applinces will be outdated then it will be called as waste, electronic waste or e-waste.We just dont know how to dispose wastes properly so we just dispose those e-wastes unproperly ,they are so harmful to us and to ourMother earth.Many people resume e-
    waste to only mean
    computers and their
    peripherals and mobile
    phones. However, the
    definition of e-waste
    includes all obsolete
    electrical and electronic
    equipment including
    consumer electronics
    such as televisions and
    DVD players and
    household appliances
    such as refrigerators,
    air-conditioners and
    washing machines. Even
    irons and MP3 players
    comprise e-waste. A
    12-city study conducted
    by the Central Pollution
    Control Board of India
    and German NGO GTZ
    found that the total e-
    waste generated in
    India in 2005 was
    146,000 tonnes.
    According to Delhi-
    based environmental
    NGO Toxics Link, the
    figure currently stands
    400,000 tonnes, which
    is projected to double to
    800,000 tonnes in 2012.
    In 2005, Mumbai
    generated 11,000
    tonnes of e-waste,
    more than any other
    city in the country. In
    2006, the quantity of e-
    waste generated by our
    city had already risen to
    19,000 tonnes, says
    Toxics Link. Most e-
    waste ends up in the
    unorganised sector, i.e.
    in the hands of your
    local raddiwalla or scrap
    dealer, where untrained
    and unprotected
    labourers dismantle
    products, often with
    their bare hands, with
    the aim of reselling the
    components. Lead,
    cadmium, mercury, PVC,
    and brominated flame
    retardants are some of
    the disease-causing
    hazardous materials
    that are released during
    the unmonitored
    destruction of e-waste. Today scientistes had even proven to extract gold from those circuit boards ,countries like China and Japan had made it practial, they now extract gold from e-wastes, they are a good model for us ,we too can do it and make our world more beautiful and greener with handiling e-wastes properly.

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