What Is E-Waste Management? Let's Have A Look At It Broadly!
Technology now has become an important part of our life! More than valuing relationships, people are valuing their mobile phones more! Agree right?
So, to save on technology, we need to increase the life span of the devices as well, as we have seen today that the devices have shorter life spans. So to find a solution, E-Waste Management has been introduced. Semiconductors and sensors are being added to products that never before had them, creating wearable monitors, smart homes, TVs that can stream programming from the internet, and much more.
Nowadays, even the batteries in a remote don?t last as long as they used to last. And so, Companies intentionally plan the obsolescence of their goods by updating the design or software and discontinuing support for older models, so that now it is usually cheaper and easier to buy a new product than to repair an old one. Meanwhile, the companies continue to profit from steady sales.
And as we have seen the prices are dropping in the market, where the devices are in high demand. Globally, half of all households now have internet access, and 7.7 billion people have cell phones.
Electronic devices are made up of mixed materials that include gold, silver, platinum, lithium, cobalt and other valuable elements. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, ?One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the United States.? These precious materials can be reclaimed through recycling.
But electronic devices also comprise toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury, cadmium and beryllium, polluting PVC plastic, and hazardous chemicals, such as brominated flame retardants, which can harm human health and the environment.
Many manufacturers continue to create more and more devices. 77 percent did not have any information about the guidelines for e-waste management.
51 percent of users are disposing of their e-waste by handing it over to their local kabadiwallas.