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What Is E-Waste?

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What Is E-Waste?

E-waste or `electronic waste' refers to equipment or products having a battery or an electrical cord, which have become obsolete, either due to advancement in technology, changes in fashion, style and status, or are nearing the end of their useful life. Electronic waste includes computers, entertainment electronics, mobile phones and other items that have been discarded by their original users. While there is no generally accepted definition of electronic waste, in most cases electronic waste consists of electronic products that were used for data processing, telecommunications, or entertainment in private households and businesses that are now considered obsolete, broken, or unrepairable. Despite its common classification as a waste, disposed electronics are a considerable category of secondary resource due to their significant suitability for direct reuse (for example, many fully functional computers and components are discarded during upgrades), refurbishing, and material recycling of its constituent raw materials. Reconceptualization of electronic waste as a resource thus preempts its potentially hazardous qualities. Unfortunately, electronic discards is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream.


Today the average lifespan for most electronic equipment is 2 years. What does that mean to us as a society? It means literally millions of pounds of computer junk will fall victim to the garbage truck's compactor and eventually end up buried in a landfill. This is a very bad thing to happen to the environment though as computer equipment is made up of more than 1,000 different materials, many of which are highly toxic, such as chlorinated and brominates substances, toxic gases, toxic metals, biologically active materials, acids, plastics, and plastic additives.

Many people do not realize the severity of this issue on the environment. Many computer parts such as monitors contain hazardous materials such as lead. The lead on a computer monitor is found in the lining of the glass tube. While only one computer may not have enough hazardous materials in it to harm the environment or you, imagine a large company located in one of our big cities in buildings reaching to the sky literally hundreds of feet into the air housing thousands of computers! Thousands of computers which will all one day falter and be added to the already overcrowded landfills. Computers are composed mostly of parts that are totally recyclable. Recycling old computer parts is not only beneficial to the environment, but you as a consumer. By recycling old computer parts, new computers can be made using recycled materials instead of having to mine for new raw materials thus holding down production costs and keeping computer prices low.
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HOW TO DEAL WITH E- WASTE

Landfill:

Landfill, also known as a dump is a site for the disposal of waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment.

Historically, landfills have been one of the most common methods of organized waste management (along with incineration), and remain so in many places around the world


Incineration:

Incineration or "mass-burn incineration" is a waste treatment technology that involves the combustion of waste at high temperatures. Incineration and other high temperature waste treatment systems are described as "thermal treatment". In effect, incineration of waste materials converts the waste into heat (that can be used to generate electricity), sends gaseous emissions to the atmosphere, and makes residual ash.

Recycling:

Recycling is the collection, separation, processing and marketing of materials so they can be used again. It is an important environmental practice. The materials collected in recycling programs are not garbage or waste – they are valuable commodities that represent an essential component of today’s marketplace. Recycling saves natural resources, money and energy. It helps reduce or eliminate pollution associated with the mining or extraction of natural resources. It reduces the need for new landfills and incinerators – and given that is another way to protect the environment.

Remanufacturing:

Remanufacturing & Refurbishment is the basic upgrading of a retired product to the use of parts from a retired system for use in a different product.
There are various levels of remanufacturing ranging from simple cosmetic improvements, such as replacing decals, scratched or cracked enclosures, to updating software to troubleshooting nonworking units and replacing failed components.
Remanufacturing solutions offer more ways to move more products for America's leading consumer electronics technology manufacturers.


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thank a lot for the report. It will certainly help me
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E- Waste problem is increasing with the rise of technology and technologies are becoming absolute very quick rate. Some companies are coming up with various options to take care of this problem.

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Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. There is a lack of consensus as to whether the term should apply to resale, reuse, and refurbishing industries, or only to a product that cannot be used for its intended purpose. Informal processing of electronic waste in developing countries may cause serious health and pollution problems, though these countries are also most likely to reuse and repair electronics.
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