WHY CAN’T WE THROW THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN REGULAR DUSTBINS ?

Electronic devices are made up of heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, beryllium, PVC etc. If one throws e-waste in the dustbin it leads to landfills. It may leach out toxins in the soil and pollute the environment and groundwater. Electronic devices are components that are made of raw materials. So, recycling e-waste would be the better option and it leads to less energy.

WHY CAN’T WE THROW THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN REGULAR DUSTBINS _

WHY CAN’T WE THROW THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN REGULAR DUSTBINS _

The fact of extracting metals and plastic from e-waste is to make more electronics but it is not at all easy. If we throw e – gadgets in the dustbin that leads to environmental pollution and unregulated groundwater supply. We are the ones who are doing this and are getting affected too. These metals are difficult to extract as most of e -gadgets used are 10 times more – energy-efficient than smelted ore. We should start recycling e-waste at least from now on.

Some may think that a scrap dealer is a good option for e-waste recycling. The answer might be no. When we give our e-waste to scrap dealers, we are being a step forward to the chain of unregulated markets. These markets extract metals from devices to sell but with fewer skills and necessary safety standards may not be up to the mark. These can also be great harm to dealers who are selling and it causes environmental pollution.

By performing 4 Rs a consumer can recycle e-waste

  • Reuse: Use gadgets for longer. Then upgrade to a new e – gadget if you ideally think there’s no necessity.
  • Repair: Do note that you have a recovery policy. If you don’t then that may be a problem as when you want to give for the repair you won’t get any warranty.
  • Recycle: Talk to the brand you had purchased. Discuss with them. Discuss the return policy.

Most brands have information on their websites. You can also go through it.

  • Research: Here’s a near R called research added by Sushmita Pai (Head of Outreach at Swachh, Pune). What we need to look for is something for bio-compostable within a period. Everything is biodegradable at its own time and ultimately brands accepting this Research is also important. If the brands sell then it gets a larger presence. So, E-waste depends on how brands convey it. Till 2020 E-waste had generated 3 million tons and it will increase rapidly and exponentially. In this meantime, of this Research, we consumers can give attention to e-waste recycling. A good mindset is all needed for this Implementation.

Its important us to remember that tossing out electronics instead of recycling does lot of harm to environment and to us. If in our country doesn’t support that law also, we shouldn’t throw e-gadgets in dustbins.  Instead, we need to recycle them. We can give the e – gadgets to Great lakes Electronics Corporation who have an experience from years. It is a friendly recycling in electronic products field.

The team of this Corporation dismantle the parts and if there is any use then they send them for metal recovery or else those are sold to reuse.

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