E-waste Management – Time to acknowledge that we are polluting earth

 


Pollution is a problem which has engrossed our planet Earth since the advent of industrialization and auto-mobile invention and every new invention is adding into the grievances of pollution. Information technology is no exception either! Where invention of IT has transformed our lives, there it has also contributed in aggrandizing the already aggravated condition of the issue of pollution in the world.
E-waste is a problem which has been pinned in the world with the rise of electronic devices and IT advent has just fueled it. E-waste, or electronic waste, is a trash produced by the dumping of electronic devices, gadgets and appliances like our televisions, computer and its other parts, laptops, mobile phones and scanners etc. – anything which can be regarded as digital. Considering the surge of markets with new electronic devices and rising trend of grabbing new gadgets and dumping the former ones, e-waste is regarded as the fastest growing waste in the 21st century. The worst thing is: this flood is not going to stop any sooner.

The contribution of e-waste to our environment is much more than just occupying our land. The formation of the electronic appliances and gadgets has involved many poisonous and hazardous elements which are plausible to increase the toxicity of our environment manifold by enhancing air and water pollution. For example, televisions and computer with cathode-ray-tube, modern circuits and computer chips with semi-conductors and plastic coated electronic wires – are responsible for releasing lead, gallium arsenide and PVC respectively. All these metal and compounds, along with other toxic materials, contain the tendency to toxicate the air in which we breathe and water which we drink.
So, considering the plausible damages that may erupt due to e-waste, it is time for us to develop an effective e-waste management strategy.
Below are given considerable notions that can help to draw e-waste management strategy:
Recycling:
The best way for e-waste management is recycling of the electronic gadgets and appliances. Instead of making new things, what can be better than reusing the previous objects by recycling them? It can not only help us to reduce the environmental hazards, in fact, it can also be quite helpful to decrease the number of electronic devices present in our environment – which are inducing us to think as though we are floating in an e-ocean helplessly.
Careful Disposal:
If we have to dispose of the e-waste, even then it should be handled with care and shouldn’t be carelessly be dumped into landfills. It should be treated according to the scientific methods which reduce the possibility of the hazards of e-waste to our environment and life. In this context hard disk shredding is one of the example of the method used to properly dispose of the useless hard disks. Similarly, other devices and appliances can also be disposed properly.
Other than these methods of e-waste management, it is even better to not to produce that much e-waste. Instead of changing cell phone after every 2 months, isn’t it better to let it be a need rather than a luxury?

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