E-waste: Recycle or Refuse


As the usage of electronics increase with the passage of time, the waste that is caused by them is also increasing. The term e-waste is referred as electronic waste which is caused by dumping or discarding the electronics in an inefficient manner. Consumer electronics mostly cause such waste because people keep on buying the latest devices and dump or throw away the old ones without realizing the harm that is caused by them not only to the environment but also to the mankind.

According to the info-graphic the research tells us that the e-waste is not only caused by the computer but also equipment like mobile phones, televisions and different home appliances.

The infographic tells us that an average user changes his cell phone every 18 months which means that the rate of e-waste is increasing rapidly. More than 130m mobile phones are put to trash every year in the US. Out of 135m only 17m cell phones are recycled or disposed properly.

The disposal of such electronics is really important because the chemicals these devices release after getting dumped in the landfills pollute the environment and bring harmful diseases alongside them.

Reusing electronics is a good option. You can always give away the old or outdated devices to someone else. On the other hand, recycling them would make the environment healthy in many ways but throwing them away or piling those up in your junkyard won’t bring any benefit to you or others around you.

We need to create awareness about this matter via social media platforms. Initiatives must be taken like starting a recycling campaign and organize little events which will compel the consumers to recycle, reuse or refuse the electronics.


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[INFOGRAPHIC] How much are we wasting?


It is really important for all consumers to know and understand how much electronics they are using and how much e-waste is produced because of them. This info-graphic is nothing but a wakeup call for all the consumers who use and change electronics rapidly. The electronic waste is caused by the broken, obsolete or out of date electronics that we throw away or dump into the landfills. These electronics range from cell phones, TVs, videogames, desktop computers, laptops and cameras, etc.

Moreover, the infographic tells us how frequently are the above mentioned electronics replaced. Cell phones are only device that people use and change the most and almost $120 is spent on the electronics every month. An almost 50m metric ton of electronics is wasted every year and out of this whole lot, only 18% maximum is recycled which is apparently a very nominal rate. This is equal to throwing away around 125,000 fully loaded Boeing 747s per year. Now this should be an eye-opener for everyone because it requires immediate action to be taken against it.

While other types of wastes are decreasing, e-waste is something that is rapidly increasing in the municipal waste stream. These electronics consist of different resources within themselves like gold, silver, iron, titanium, aluminum, copper and different fossil fuels. If these electronics are recycled properly then these resources won’t even get wasted and can be utilized or reused positively and efficiently.

Effective measures need to be taken against this matter as it has become a serious issue causing harm not only to the environment but also to the well-being of humans.



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[INFOGRAPHIC] Shades of Green: Where is all the E-waste Going?


Do you care about where your electronic equipment end up once you have conveniently disposed them off away from your close proximity? The whole reality to the treatment of e-waste is an ugly tale of indifference, ignorance and lack of concern on part of the authorities as well as the common man.

The e-waste that is so innocuously disposed off by us has very serious implications that reach far beyond our imagination. The waste disposed by the people in countries like America and Canada is shipped off to poor countries where it is ruthlessly dumped in vacant lands where it starts to spread toxics and turns the area into a wasteland rendering it useless.

Eventually, it becomes a menace to the environment, affecting each one of us on a personal as well as social level. Since there are no particular rules in place governing proper disposal and treatment of waste in these regions, it becomes a true detriment to the society that needs to be closely watched and controlled.

The following infographic depicts for you some of the most startling facts about e-waste and how it lashes back at us…

Shades of Green: Where is all the E-waste Going?

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[INFOGRAPHIC] The Environmental Impact Of Gadgets Used By Students

INFOGRAPHICS, Recycling for Kids

In this modern era of technology, gadgets like tablets and smart phones have become a need for every person, especially, students. It has become a basic need for their academic career. They believe that instead of making notes manually, they can do the job much better online via their devices. Regardless of the increase in usage of such gadgets, the major concern should be about how we can keep the technologies sustainable in fighting against all that electronic waste.

This infographic explains us the impact of recycling these digital devices, notebooks and tablets instead of just throwing them away. It is observed that in the United States, students are encouraged to use digital gadgets and the school staff is also convinced to use them along with the students. According to the statistics, if the students use and change the devices every 3 years, each student will use 4.3 devices in their 13 years academic career tenure. That makes 237.5 devices in totality, out of which 16.7 million gadgets being used by the teachers.

Students must take an initiative and recycle. Even by recycling one gadget out of all that they buy in their entire lifetime; they can make a huge impact of worth $331m. Almost 60% of the schools, who use electronic devices for the learning purpose, don’t have any afterlife plans for these gadgets. This issue must be addressed and acknowledged by the users and authorities alike.

If some of the electronic gadgets can’t be refurbished, then many parts can be recycled such as plastic, glass, or other elements used in their manufacturing. At least, in this way, we can make a difference by keeping our environment clean from all the destructive effects of the electronic devices.


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