Importance of Electronics and Other E-waste Recycling
Electronics has resulted in big revolution in the technological field however at the same time it has given rise to various e-waste. People are now looking for various ways and means to do TV recycling, PC recycling and many other responsible ways to get rid of their old electronic waste. At the same time, the risk of data theft is also another concern that is looming large.
Due to rapid growth of electronic industries the importance of e waste recycling has further increased and policy makers of all the countries are trying to find out various ways to take care of various e-waste generated in their region. Since many of the consumers of the electronic goods are unaware about the ways to dispose of their e-waste, a majority of them continue to store them in their household and they do not know how to deal with them.
What is e-waste?
Different electronic appliances like TV, stereo, mobile phones which are regularly used by most of the people become obsolete due to the availability of new improved models. Therefore, these old and unused models become e-waste as they are no longer used and remains idle. Therefore, these items need to be disposed of and recycled, however at present this process is too slow.
Why electronics recycling is important?
- Rich source of various raw materials
These e-wastes contain gold, and other precious metals and out of which only 10 to 15 per cent can only be recovered successfully.
- Solid waste management
Due to explosion of electronic industry the rate of getting obsolete has increased tremendously which has resulted in solid waste generation.
- Toxic material
Most of the old electronic devices may carry certain toxic substances like mercury, lead, chromium and cadmium and it is essential that such materials should not be released into the environment. Besides that, there are few toxic chemicals also present in them.
- International movement
Many advanced countries are trying to dump their obsolete product to underdeveloped countries where there is no proper approach available for recycling has resulted in health risks.
How can consumers recycle their old electronic devices?
Consumers can take a number of actions depending upon the area where they live. One of the ways can be to donate it to some other people who cannot afford to buy them so that the discarded electronic appliances can be put to use. The other alternate can be sending to any authorized electronics recycler in their area.