Today e-wastes have become a concern for all environmentalists. Though there are specific guidelines in most developed countries as to how garbage is to be disposed of, especially differentiating between those which are bio degradable and those which are recyclable, e-wastes which comprise of electronic and electrical equipments past their life tenure are posing a problem regarding disposal.

Most of such appliances consist of materials and chemicals which are non bio degradable and hence, proper means of disposal and finding out ways to reuse and recycle is important when it comes to electronic waste products. Many such wastes land up in landfills which is not desired since the chemicals seep into the soil and the air and lead to environmental pollution and even harm workers who work in such areas.

Non-Hazardous Electronic Waste Substances The most hazardous elements to be found in such items are lead, mercury, arsenic, CFCs, PVC amongst others. These are usually present in the cathode ray tubes used in the manufacturing of televisions and computers, even flat screen monitors have them. Unless such items are properly removed and separated in recycling plants, these substances have great potential to harm the environment and human health. From carcinogenic diseases to liver, kidney, brain damages, such substances are indeed hazardous to health.

Of course, there are many substances which are to be found in e-wastes which can be reclaimed and put to reuse. This is where the advantages of recycling comes in. Many metals which are used in the manufacturing of different component substances can be reclaimed and put to use in different industries. This also helps in the conservation of the earth’s resources since the mining activities which go on around the world are highly polluting to the environment and are depleting the energy resources of the earth every minute. Tin, copper are common metals uses in circuit boards, as coating on component leads while aluminum is used in electrolytic capacitors. The iron which is used in various cases and fixings, the silicon in glass, transistors, nickel, lithium found in batteries, zinc for various steel platings and so forth are metals which can be reclaimed and reused in similar or different manufacturing processes. Gold is also found in different computer equipments as connector plating. Thus, the different metals when recycled back have great advantage in the manufacturing processes of different industries.

Thus, recycling of e-wastes helps societies to identify the non hazardous substances which can be put back into good use again and to safely eliminate those which are toxic and cannot be reused without harming the environment.

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