Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Electronic-disposal, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices.
“Electronic waste” may be defined as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and refrigerators. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal.
E-waste is a term used to cover almost all types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that has or could enter the waste stream. Although e-waste is a general term, it can be considered to cover TVs, computers, mobile phones, white goods (e.g. fridges, washing machines, dryers etc), home entertainment and stereo systems, toys, toasters, kettles – almost any household or business item which works on electric or on electromagnetic principle.
Why is e-waste growing?
E-waste is growing exponentially simply because the markets in which…
Why is e-waste different from general municipal waste?
Because of its complex composition of valuable and hazardous…
Discarded electronics contain hazardous materials. If disposed improperly, they pose a potential threat to human health and the environment. E-Waste accounts for 40 percent of the lead and 75 percent of the heavy metals found in landfills. Although safe when used, once electronics are discarded in a landfill, the acidic conditions provide an environment in which lead and other heavy metals may leak out. If the landfill’s liner fails, the groundwater supply may become contaminated.
Hazardous Substances in e-Waste
Electrical and electronic equipment contain different hazardous materials which are harmful to human health…
Electronic recycling is the recycling or reuse of electronic devices. It includes both finding another use for materials (such as donation to charity), and having systems dismantled, in a manner that allows for the safe extraction of the constituent materials for reuse in other products.
Reasons for recycling
Obsolete electronics are valuable source for secondary raw materials, if treated…
Many states have introduced legislation concerning recycling and reuse of electronics…