ELECTRONIC RECYCLING & WASTE
WHAT IS ELECTRONIC WASTE?
Electronic waste is the waste produced from certain electronic devices ranging from mobile phones, computers, televisions, printers, refrigerators, etc. When these electronics are placed outside for garbage pickup, they are likely to be thrown into large landfills, where toxic chemicals will eventually be released into the environment.
WHY IS ELECTRONIC WASTE SUCH A BIG ISSUE?
Electronic waste contains certain elements that are both harmful to the environment and also harmful to living things, including human beings. Some of the common toxic elements found in electronics include:
Mercury: This well-known substance can be toxic, and could cause kidney and brain damage.
Lead: Lead could lead to certain harmful effects including brain damage, and could easily contaminate water in certain areas.
Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs): BFRs affect certain hormonal functions that are essential for normal development in teens and children.
Cadmium: Cadmium can cause cancer in certain bodily areas, and could lead to kidney damage.
Beryllium: This substance is considered a carcinogen, which is a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissues.
ELECTRONIC WASTE TRENDS
Unlike the times where families would purchase television sets and use them from generation to generation, nowadays, people purchase electronic devices whenever the newest gadgets come out. This leads to the constant disposal of electronic devices, which leads to electronic waste.
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