E–Waste : the Digital Dark Side

We live in a technologically advanced society where technology is always evolving. Smart phones have supplanted cell phones, LEDs and LCDs have supplanted televisions, and laptops and tablets have supplanted desktop PCs. When a new model of a product is released, the prior one rapidly becomes obsolete, and obsolete things are frequently dumped as waste. These electrical items have reached the end of their useful life and are unwanted, broken, or obsolete. Those who have reached the end of this are referred to as e-waste, which includes electrical devices such as computers, cellphones, televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and so on.

Millions of tonnes of e-waste are produced each year in developed countries; worse, e-waste from illicit countries like Japan, Malaysia, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, and India, as well as developed countries like the US and Japan, should be dumped in underdeveloped countries. That was how it used to be. The cost of processing e-waste in wealthy countries is high. This is owing to the low cost of shipbuilding, which stimulates the export of rubbish to developing countries.

In undeveloped countries, where waste is buried, consuming and ill-equipped recycling facilities, local residents, industrial owners, and labourers are allowed to harvest valuable commodities from this garbage according to their needs. To leave the others behind, the majority of them acquire vital knowledge. To recover important components, acid baths and electrical burns are used. These practices, in turn, produce serious health problems and may injure those who engage in them. Circuit boards, electric parts, mono boards, and cables are likely to include hazardous metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, copper, cadmium, nickel, zinc, gold, silver, and beryllium.

These metals have been linked to the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment via soil, causing health issues in both animals and humans. Chemicals can most likely be produced on land, resulting in both land and water pollution.

Polychlorinated biphenyl and polybrominated defanel ether, two important components of e-waste, have a dangerous side effect.
They are the leading causes of ozone depletion. These poisons are also stored in food chains and food traps, posing a serious threat to all species on the planet.

Indeed, e-expanding waste’s environmental imprint is a matter of concern. The growing amount of e-waste must be managed by both consumers and producers. Reusable components are found in the majority of electronic materials.

This reusable component contains metals such as copper, aluminium, lead, and iron. A unique eco-friendly procedure should be developed to properly extract this chemical from garbage items.
Both manufacturers and licenced recyclers must promote recycling models. Producers can enter the recycling chain by providing a collecting service and, compared to the unorganised sector, can raise their buyback offer. Consumers have a natural predisposition to see trash as having economic worth, which is where financial incentives to engage in the formal recycling system can be supplied. They should be persuaded to get rid of all of their technological equipment. Many businesses, including as Dell, Apple, and HP, have started recycling programmes. When it comes to trash disposal, the 3R approach, which includes reuse and recycling, can be extremely beneficial.

E-Parisissa is a remarkable initiative for e-waste treatment in India. Every year, Bangalore generates 8000 tonnes of computer waste, which is then sold to scrap merchants. E-Parisia, India’s first e-waste recycling facility, is located on the outskirts of the city and is environmentally friendly. Its mission is to reduce pollution and landfill trash via environmentally friendly recycling of valuable metals, plastic, and glass.

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