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Transcript of Electronic Waste
Why is e-waste of concern?
Certain components of some electronic products contain materials that render them as hazardous, depending on their condition and density.
Computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, television sets, refrigerators, and most commonly mobile phones.
Humans are practically the sole reason electronic waste exists. We are responsible for the problem as we are the ones discarding technology.
Millions of tons of foreign e-waste is illegally smuggled into countries such as Africa and Asia each year. These countries are now forced to deal with both their own and other countries thrown-away electronics.
E-cycling is the recycling or reuse of computers or other electronic devices.
Consumer recycling options consist of sale, donating computers directly to organizations in need, sending devices directly back to their original manufacturers, or sending components to a convenient recycler.
What is electronic waste?
How have humans contributed to electronic waste?
What is being done to improve the problem?
By Violetta and Veronica
In the US alone, more than 100 million computers are thrown away with less than 20% being recycled properly.
E-cycling allows for the reclamation or reuse of important elements like gold and copper.
By reusing metals we can downsize our need for new resources, which we would have to obtain from mining. Mining is evidently damaging to the environment. Without the need for more resources, less mining would have to occur and in turn less damage.
There is not an infinite resource of metals. Therefore, we must both conserve and reuse what we already have.
The process of e-cycling is extremely expensive. This is due to the heavy metals of which the electronic products are composed of.
The high price is due to the official Electronic Waste Recycling Fee, which is a fee imposed by the government on new purchases of electronic products. The fee is paid by retailers that sell electronic products with viewable screens.
The process of e-cycling in itself causes so many problems to the environment. E-cycling means burning wires to recover metals, melting circuits, and acid stripping, meanwhile losing money to this expensive and damaging process.
To e-cycle or not to e-cycle?
We believe that e-cycling is indeed worth the high price as e-cycling allows us to reclaim and reuse important elements which our Earth only has a limited supply of.
The advantages of e-cycling greatly out-weigh the disadvantages as at the end of the day, the aim is to remove all e-waste for a clean and healthy environment and future. This process would obviously be expensive, but the end result proves to be worth it.
Each household in Australia will be provided with a new bin solely for the purpose of disposing electrical appliances.
The waste will be sorted into two groups; those that are usable and those that are broken. From there, the discarded electronic waste that is still usable, yet outdated will be donated to charity. The broken electronics are instead sent to recycling plants to be recycled.
A law will be implemented where manufactures are required to take back at least 5% of their thrown away products. Appliances that can't be reused will be incinerated.
Developed countries are sending their electronic waste to developing countries, such as India and China. This is causing a massive and problematic build-up of e-waste. Unlike developed countries; they do not have sufficient space, resources, wealth and even co-operation to take care of the problem. As a result of this, we would like to implement a law that prohibits Australians from sending out electronic waste to these countries.
Truck full of e-waste
Electronic waste pollution