E-waste, Electronical-Waste….hmmm. It’s not even on Urban Dictionary yet! According to Wikipedia, E-waste includes PC, Notebooks, X-box, PS2, GameCube, mobile phones and other items that have been discarded by their original users. (Just imaging how many upgrade version of these products recently introduced to the market; New PC, Notebooks, X-box 360, PS3, Nitendo Wii, and New LG Chocolate phone…etc.) So it is waste from discarded electronic goods and improper disposal of e-waste could produce dangerous chemicals and heavy metals into the environment. BBC news online points out how serious this problem is that E-waste is thought to be the fastest increasing part of municipal waste in the developed world.
Just for the a PC desktop, I thought it is just recycled in a good way under the form of trade which also helps people from third country to have a chance to use PC until this point. Shame! Shame on me!
Following is the post that got my attention on this issue and the whole article could be found on here.
1: Lead in cathode ray tube and solder
2: Arsenic in older cathode ray tubes
5: Antimony trioxide as flame retardant
4: Polybrominated flame retardants in plastic casings, cables and circuit boards
3: Selenium in circuit boards as power supply rectifier
6: Cadmium in circuit boards and semiconductors
7: Chromium in steel as corrosion protection
8: Cobalt in steel for structure and magnetivity
9: Mercury in switches and housing
I’ve been wondering about what happens to those old computers, phones and other electronic junks. They must be hard to dispose…There is an article about ewaste at bbc news online,
” UN warning on e-waste ‘mountain‘” headlined, “The world’s richest nations are dumping hazardous electronic waste on poor African countries, says the head of the UN’s Environment Programme (Unep).”
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