If you think that only food leftovers, plastics and other containers, and other similar stuffs are the only ones littering the environment, think again. Environmentalists have noted that almost 50% of waste all over the globe is composed of e-waste since the advent of technology. As per the United Nations analysis, people in the US tend to have the highest percentage of e-waste per year. What are e-wastes composed of and how do we get rid of them?
E-wastes, as its label suggests, are any unused and broken gadget left in the trash bin, which is then transferred to landfills when not properly disposed. E-wastes can be a pile of mobile phones, computers, laptops, television sets, and entertainment systems. These gadgets don’t only contain chips that help us get through our work breezily, but they also contain tons of chemicals that can readily blend with the air, water, and land when not disposed properly. These chemicals can bring about destruction of land and death to many marine inhabitants when its penetration to such places isn’t regulated and stopped. One, computers contain mercury and lead. Two of the most renowned chemicals that cause a number of health issues ranging from skin irritations to lung malfunction and worse, death. We all know that these aren’t the only chemical compounds present in gadgets, so when all these substances pile up in the environment, destruction to numerous inhabitants, even humans, may occur.
Thankfully, copious businesses, private organizations, and groups are taking initiative to greatly reduce the bulk of e-waste in landfills. Mobile companies are accepting unused and broken mobile phones at their drop-off centers. Some are even paying to those who can give back unused phones to them. These companies then recycle and re-fix these gadgets and send these to poor countries where basic gadgets for communication such as phones are scarce. According to the UN, mobile phones account the biggest percentage of e-wastes in the US while televisions are the heaviest electronics in the E-waste section. Consequently, everyone is encouraged to take steps to minimize the use of extra gadgets as well as take good care of their devices to prolong its life span. Furthermore, gadget owners, specifically cellular phone owners, should know whether or not their phone manufacturers offer drop-off stations for used phones. You could also directly donate or give old phones to people who don’t have enough funds to buy new mobile phones. To reduce e-wastes, we also have to avoid buying gadgets compulsively even when we don’t really need them.