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E-Waste

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Transcript of E-Waste

By Bonnie Chen,
Divya Talwar,
and Kit Yue

What is E-waste?
Causes of E-waste
1. Development
Concerns
1. Toxins in e-waste
E-Waste
E-waste is another way of saying electronic waste, and it includes unwanted electrical equipment and used batteries.
Development is a cause of e-waste because as countries are getting more developed, there are more sales of electronic devices.
Increased sales result in increased wastage, because more wastage would be created as more products are introduced.
Causes of E-waste
2. Technology
Technology is a cause of e-waste because technology is growing very quickly.
With newer products and appliances being introduced all the time, the old stuff gets thrown out and wasted.
Causes of E-waste
Let's begin!
What do you already know about e-waste?
What do you do with your e-waste at home?
What first comes to mind when you think about e-waste?
Time for a video!
About the video...
How do you feel after watching this video?
What can YOU do to prevent this from happening?
3. Human Mentality
As middle class people get more money and begin buying more products, their mentality begins to change.
When they have the money, they substitute older materials with newer ones and the older materials are given the label of e-waste.
Causes of E-waste
4. Population
Population is a cause of e-waste because with more people in the world, more electronics will be bought, and therefore more will be thrown out.
Did you know?
• 80 to 85% of electronic products are discarded in landfills or incinerators.
Did you know?
E-waste is growing approximately 4 times faster than other waste streams.
Did you know?
Less than 15% of the e-waste generated is properly recycled.
Did you know?
The e-waste is being “dealt with” by being dumped in landfills or shipped off to developing countries in Africa or Asia where workers use crude techniques to extract the value from the old electronics.
Did you know?
People develop asthma because of the pollution caused by landfills.
Toxins present risks to communities and the global ecosystem, but also to electronic recycling workers, even in developed countries.
The toxic materials can cause cancer, reproductive disorders, mental development issues, kidney and bone damage, as well as brain damage.
Discarded electronic products add a high amount of lead to landfills, and it has a highly toxic effect on all forms of life.

Concerns
2. Landfills
E-waste in landfills is a growing concern because it increases the level of pollution released by landfills.
Solutions
What can you do?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Reduce the consumption of products that ultimately become e-waste by maintaining older equipment or purchasing higher quality products with a longer useful life.
Recycle your unwanted electronics with an environmentally responsible recycler who will either refurbish them for reuse, or break them down to commodity level where they can be used again as raw materials.
Reuse products by selling them or donating them to others, especially computer re-use organizations, extending their useful life and keeping them out of the waste stream.
Jeopardy!
https://jeopardylabs.com/play/e-waste
Let's play!
Conclusion/Debrief
Name 3 things you learned about e-waste today!
Thanks for listening!
Bibliography/Sources
Facts
http://www.consumerhandbook.ca/en/topics/environment/e-waste
http://www.artexenvironmental.com/ewasteissues.html
http://www.causesinternational.com/ewaste/e-waste-facts
http://www.e-warriors.byethost31.com/causes.html
http://e-stewards.org/the-e-waste-crisis/
http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-e-waste
http://ewastesolutions.co.uk/
Images
http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/mtn-partners-german-firm-e-waste/487/#.Umx6TnCOSSo
http://blogs.ubc.ca/sabrinatkk/2012/02/16/e-waste-and-its-killing-impact/ewaste/
http://indiafirstfoundationorg.blogspot.ca/2010/07/electronic-waste-in-india.html Pie chart
http://teneshasthoughts-on-tech.blogspot.ca/
http://lifehacker.com/tag/migration
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/05/2919217.htm?site=sydney
http://inhabitat.com/6-fun-meaningful-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day/
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/everyday-tech/e-waste2.htm
http://www.disputeabout.eu/clanek/it-is-not-waste-like-waste
http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/Home/92974C85-AD76-436C-A4AC-EB52E4D969D6.html
http://shoroc.com/shoroc-councils-e-waste-ban-leads-australia-confirms-new-national-policy/e-waste/
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs067/1101604645549/archive/1103387729538.html
http://www.shenzhen-standard.com/2012/07/03/china-releases-12th-five-year-plan-for-waste-recycling-technology/
http://www.openideo.com/open/e-waste/inspiration/?missions=%2Fopen%2Fe-waste%2Finspiration%2Fassignments%2F1-understand-e-waste

Why is it important to manage e-waste properly?
How can you influence the people around you to manage their e-waste more wisely?
What can you do to produce less e-waste?
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