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Electronic Waste- An Emerging Threat To The Environment

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smartphone’s

 

and electronic gadgets, we all love them. India is the second largest user of Smartphones. We imported mobile phones worth Rs=50000 corers last year from China only. The Indian consumer is obsessed with electronic items. Electronic import has already crossed the gold import and likely to cross fuel import bill by end of this decade. Throwaway culture, ego, style, natural and premature un-serviceability of these products produce E-Waste. And the quantum worldwide in 2016 was equivalent to 4500 Eiffel Towers, as per a recent study by UN. India presently produces 2 million tonnes of E-waste and we can only recycle approximately 4.5 lakh tonnes per annum.

The world that we live in is nearly dying because of the situation that we have put it in. Let’s start a revolution of making smaller changes towards living a greener and healthier life today!

OLD ELECTRONIC GADGETS

Used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal are all considered e-waste. Informal processing of e-waste processing in India can lead to adverse human health effects and environmental pollution. E-waste contains potentially harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and many more harmful products.

“We have only one earth; don’t let it burst a day”

Let’s Fix the E-waste Problem

Today, there is a need for e-waste repair and refurbishment worldwide. Some of the most efficient ways to do it at a personal level include:
• Re-evaluating the need for an extra gadget and instead, looking for and choosing a device that has multiple functions
• Extending the life of the electronics by keeping the device clean, avoiding overcharging the battery and keeping it in a case.
• Buying environmentally friendly electronics
• Donating used electronics to social programs and helping underprivileged people get access to it or selling them if they’re In good working condition
• Reusing large electronics and recycling electronics and batteries in e-waste recycling bins. Also get into the habit of repairing devices and gadgets instead of replacing them.

Being more mindful of the electronics that you consume and the role that you can play in reducing e-waste can go a long way in helping our planet. It will also save precious foreign exchange and create more jobs in the repair industry. E-waste can be economically beneficial also, as it may contain gold, copper, nickel and indium & palladium.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Recycle your trash or trash your Earth. Worldwide it is being taken seriously. Tokyo 2020 Olympics the medals will be made of recycled GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE.

E-WASTE

Remember every individual on the planet generates 6 kg’s of E-waste approximately annually as per United Nations. We as responsible citizens can do a lot to reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle it.

For more information contact-

www.meity.gov.in/esdm/e-waste

 

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