When we think of environmental threats, our first thought when it comes to environmental dangers is usually plastic bags, pollution or deforestation. however, there is another source of worry that is off the mind. electronic waste (e-waste) which is quite a common term nowadays actually refers to all discarded electrical or electronic items and we do add to it at an alarming rate every day.

To promote environmental awareness and action, ECS Environment is marking World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5, by shining a spotlight on e-waste.

In this article, we will explore why e-waste poses a serious threat to our environment and health, and discuss responsible practices to mitigate its impact.

The Significance of the E-Waste Problem

During past conversations, we have discussed how technology plays a big part in our lives. At work or in personal connections and even when hiring someone, as well as when you communicate, provide news stories etc., computers are very important.” Nevertheless, these technology tools that bring about these advances eventually become electronic trash.

Research shows that e-waste has surged by 82% since 2010. By 2030, e-waste is projected to rise by another 32%, reaching 82 million tonnes. This rapid increase is largely due to the growing consumption of electronic devices, coupled with shorter product life cycles and limited repair options.

Every individual, over four gadgets

According to research conducted by Business Insider, there will be more than 15.14 billion internet connected devices globally (more than four for every person) by 2023. Concerning yourself with your own tech toys; you might have bought another new phone despite it working well, maybe because they usually reduce prices towards end year. The lower the cost, the higher the consumption and waste production too.

Practical Steps to Reduce E-Waste

The public and individuals play a crucial role in e-waste management by making mindful choices. Here are some strategies to reduce e-waste:

  • Store Data Online: Reduce the need for physical hardware by using cloud storage.
  • Upgrade Before Buying: Check if your device’s hardware or software can be upgraded instead of purchasing new.
  • Repair and Recycle: Attempt to repair non-functioning devices. If they can’t be fixed, recycle them responsibly.
  • Repurpose Old Devices: Use outdated electronics for different functions, like turning old phones into GPS devices or MP3 players.
  • Donate or Sell: Give away or sell functioning old devices.
  • Choose Buyback Programs: When buying new, select brands that offer buyback programs for old electronics.
  • Opt for Multi-Function Devices: Buy devices with multiple functions to reduce the number of gadgets needed.
  • Maintain Devices: Keep your electronics clean and avoid overcharging batteries to prolong their lifespan.
  • Spread Awareness: Educate others about the e-waste problem and the importance of e-waste management.
Collective Responsibility

E-waste throws various challenges our way, making it difficult to identify the worst of them. Consumers cannot be solely held accountable since sometimes mending costs more than replacing while gadgets quickly become obsolete.

Our goal is not to assign blame but to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our environment and adopting sustainable practices. As e-waste remains a significant threat, our collective response should be united and proactive.


On this Environment Day, let us commit to being mindful of our electronic waste. By embracing the principles of recycle, reuse, and repair, we can make a substantial difference. Every device we responsibly manage brings us closer to a sustainable future, ensuring a healthier planet for generations to come.

Happy Environment Day 2024! Together, we can turn the tide on e-waste.


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