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E-Waste Disposal Threatens Global Health & Environment

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Daliah Okoro
Daliah Okoro
May 16, 2012

Interestingly, e-waste shouldn't be considered waste because it is comprised of reusable parts that are readily marketable for reuse, manufacturing, and recycling. When recycled, materials from the recycled electronic can be used to produce a refurbished product and can be later sold in stores. By choosing to recycle, you can rest assured that your e-waste won’t end up in a landfill and incinerated; both of which are detrimental to the environment. Because electronic gadgets are made from value resources like plastics, glass, metals, & other highly engineered materials, it is essential to conserve these natural resources rather than ultimately disposing of its worth and value. The law encourages us to recycle so we can reduce the number of resources we extract from the earth through mining. There are many benefits to reusing and recycling consumer electronics. For one, recycling electronics helps conserve natural resources and prevents the release of greenhouse gases that is greatly due in part by the manufacturing of virgin materials. As pollution continues to become a growing issue around the world, it is essential to do your part in recycling not only bottles, cans, and paper but also your electronics and gadgets. Through recycling, you can dispose of your electronics in a much more environmentally friendly way without doing any harm to ‘Mother Earth.’ While recycling aids in the prevention of hazardous materials being released into the earth, it can also benefit the economy as it allows for refurbished products to be developed from old materials.

When electronics are disposed of improperly they usually end up in a landfill or exported to developing countries. Improper e-waste disposal can affect the health of many people around the world, especially those in third world countries. Electronic waste can be detrimental when disposed of improperly and unsafely. Current EPA laws have limited power in preventing the export of harmful materials from used electronics. E-waste disposal has become a major global issue, especially with the negligent and unsafe way that used electronics are being dismantled. Stricter statues should be set in place when it comes to how valuable materials are recovered from used electronics. All countries should have a recycling method that is safe and is regulated by the government. Mainly, e-waste recycling should be part of the law around the world and universally practiced by all businesses and corporations. To prevent significant harm to the environment and society, it is essential to find an e-waste recycling center that is certified and follows HIPAA guidelines.

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