Benefits of Recycling E-Waste

On October 2, 2011, in E Waste Management, by Sushant

E-waste is the problem of advanced technological societies with the increasing high rate of evolving technologies. With companies and individuals going more hi tech in every aspect of their functions and lives, unseeingly a lot of garbage of discarded electronic and electrical appliances are mounting up. Such e-waste needs to be disposed off in the right way to prevent toxicity of the environment. Though many countries such as the European countries have increased consumer awareness regarding disposal of recyclable materials such as plastics, glass, aluminum cans and so forth, e-waste is still an area that is not being looked into properly and the danger is looming large especially in developing countries.

Benefits of Recycling E-Waste The benefits of recycling e-waste are several. With the environmental and health issues associated with e-waste, recycling is the viable option which also has sound business sense as well. E-waste, which is usually comprised of broken or discarded electrical and electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, printers, televisions, lamps and others, often end up in landfills and incineration, both of which have harmful side effects for the environment. On the other hand, recycling of e-waste helps to eliminate such environmental hazards, can lead to conservation of resources as well as help in conserving energy.

When e-wastes are dumped in landfills, the toxic substances which such electrical and electronic appliances are made of, often seep into the environment such as mercury from flat panel display screens or lead from CRT monitors which get into the food chain and can prove hazardous to human and animal health as well. Incineration can also lead to toxic fumes and substances such as mercury being released into the air which can prove harmful to the environment and to human health. Recycling plants often help to contain the harmful odors and process them before being released into the air. Again, the shredders in such plants break down such wastes into reusable components which are then forwarded to respective industries.

Again, recycling of e-wastes helps to control pollution and conservation of energy resources. Mining activities for finding the various minerals and chemicals also lead to considerable waste of energy and pollution of the earth’s atmosphere and depletion of resources. By encouraging recycling, much of the earth’s resources are left untapped and pollution is also considerably reduced.

Thus, by encouraging reuse of electronic appliances and recycling of e-wastes it helps to conserve energy, resources and helps to reduce pollution and hazards to environment which such wastes can lead to.

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