Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

By | November 8, 2010

“E-waste” is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life. “E-wastes are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous, depending on their condition and density. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment. Discarded computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, electric lamps, cell phones, audio equipment and batteries if improperly disposed can leach lead and other substances into soil and groundwater. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner so that they are less harmful to the ecosystem.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste) comprises of waste electronic goods which are not fit for their originally intended use. These range from household appliances such as refrigerator, air conditioner, personal stereos, televisions, electric lamps, fax machines, batteries to cell phones and computers. E -wastes contain hazardous chemicals and toxins that leak into the environment if left nremoved, causing numerous health and environmental problems. The electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. The increasing “market penetration” in developing countries , “replacement market” in developed countries and “high obsolescence rate” make e-waste as one of the fastest growing waste streams. The need of the hour, therefore, is to manage these electronic wastes. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner so that they are less harmful to the ecosystem.

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