Electronic Waste- The Environmental And Health Crisis

When an electrical appliance is no longer of any use to anyone, then it is called an electronic waste, it is also known as e-waste. An e-waste generated when an electronic good has exhausted its usage, or if it is damaged, and cannot be repaired, then such goods are of no use to anyone. Such goods are basically then are thrown away by their owners or are sold away to a wreckage store. At the wreckage stored, these goods are broken down and the parts which are still useful are kept and remaining are thrown away or sold to recycling factories. But most of the time these goods are so old and damaged that even wreckage store don’t buy it, so then they are just thrown away in the garbage, which is not an ideal option to dispose of an e-waste, as this waste is dangerous for the eco-system.

Disposal of e-waste

5 percent or more of the world’s waste is an electronic waste, and it is on the rise especially in developing countries. In developing countries, most of the e-waste is recycled, but these countries are also center of dangerous setups, where the metal extraction and sale is a common practice. The developed countries have strict rules for recycling companies, so it is easy for recycling companies to operate in developing countries. This difference of rules in developing and developed countries also gives rise to many illegal activities. To prevent such illegal activities, everyone needs to have strict environmental laws for recycling and disposing of e-waste, because this unethical practice by recycling companies to gain some extra profit, is not just illegal but also harmful and dangerous for the environment. Every country should come up with a proper disposal plan for electronic waste and strict laws should be imposed on the recycling companies. Certain safety guidelines should be imposed on the companies and people on the treatment of such waste, and one such website to look after to gain some knowledge about electronic waste and its management is ewasterecyclehub.com

Health effects

The improper disposal and handling of electronic waste have a hazardous and dangerous impact on human health. The workers working in the recycling plant are directly exposed to the toxic substances and chemicals, these workers are not even provided with face masks and gloves. The workplace is also not properly ventilated; the workers are not properly trained or guided, they don’t have proper knowledge of the chemicals or substance they are working with. While working is such adverse and poor conditions, the workers are exposed to chemicals, which they inhale, such toxic chemicals and substance are a cause for cancer and much other life-threatening diseases. if the e-waste is disposed in open without any safety measures then over the time it becomes hazardous for the people in the nearby locality, it can damage the kidneys and nervous system, especially children are prone to such harmful diseases. 

Environmental effects

An electronic waste is mostly not possible to decompose, these wastes are mostly recycled, and the useless parts of the appliances are thrown away. So, it is really important to decompose such waste, not in open as they have tons of harmfu8l effects on the environment. The recycling process which includes the extraction of useful parts from the electronic waste and the other useless parts disposed of. So, the process of extraction should b4 done with proper safety guidelines, as i9f not then it can have dangerous effects on both human and environment. Even the deposal of useless parts should be carried away with proper safety environmental guidelines. The technology is going at a rapid rate, so is the use of electrical appliances, with that there is a rise in electrical waste too.