E-waste or Electronic Waste is a term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that has or could enter the waste stream. Although e-waste is a general term, it can be considered to cover TVs, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, white goods (e.g. fridges, washing machines, dryers etc), home entertainment and stereo systems, toys, toasters, kettles – almost any household or business item with circuitry or electrical components with power or battery supply.
India is the fifth largest producer of E-Waste in the world. Recycling is the key to reduce the E-waste and it has environmental benefits at every stage in the life cycle of an electronic product, from the raw material from which it is made to its final disposal. Aside from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming, recycling also reduces air and water pollution associated with making new products from raw materials
Do you know where your electronics gadgets are going to die? If they are not recycled or disposed-off ethically, they pose a real threat to the people living on this planet. E-waste has become an emerging problem in developed and developing countries worldwide. More than a million new phones are sold every day in the world market and in the same time frame, a million plus phones are replaced while these devices end up majorly in municipal landfills.
Electronic gadgets are meant to make our lives happier and simpler, but they contain toxic substances, their disposal and recycling is becoming a nightmare. It has penetrated every aspect of our lives and most of us do not think about what happens to computers, monitors, televisions, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets when we discard or upgrade.