E-Waste Consumer Awareness Efforts

On October 3, 2011, in E Waste Management, by Jitendra

E-waste is a problem of all developed and developing countries and many e-waste management techniques are now being thought of in which the hazard to human health and the environment that such waste can bring on can be minimized.

E-waste stands for the electrical and electronic equipments which are discarded by modern society everyday. While many developed countries are exporting surplus electronic items to developing countries, these are in essence e-wastes of developed countries. Hence, awareness of consumers and education regarding the proper use and disposal of electronic appliances can also have far reaching benefits for society as a whole.

E-Waste Consumer Awareness Efforts Every country needs to tackle their problem of recycling e-waste and one way to do it is to increase awareness amongst consumers on what is e-waste and how they can help to dispose of such items in the right way. There are many television campaigns which are aired on different channels, especially on environment and living science channels which seek to educate the consumers about e-waste and how to reduce such wastes through proper re-use, recycling and so forth.

Another important area about which consumers need to be made aware is about how to prevent such products from landing up on landfills or incinerators. The right place where such discarded appliances should go and concerned awareness regarding such disposal will go a long way in making an impact on e-waste management. In European countries, the type of garbage to be disposed in different bins is thoroughly categorized so that people can dispose of their items in the right places. However, such categorization is more on plastics, paper and metals, glasses but little information is provided to the public as to how to get rid of their household and office appliances once they reach the end of their tenure.

Countries like Australia are coming up with education programs in colleges and schools to educate students on e-waste, the implications of e-waste management and how such waste disposal can affect our environment. More awareness programs need to be launched in other countries as well. There are many private recycling companies which are working on recycling and reuse of e-waste such as E-Parisaraa in Bangalore, India. But consumer awareness about such e-waste recycling in India is still low. More concerted efforts need to be put in by the government and other public bodies to increase consumer awareness and involve public participation in e-waste management.

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