A Few Facts About E-Waste

May 24, 2011

As new and upgraded gadgets are hitting the market, understanding just a few facts about e-waste might help the amount of electronic waste thrown into the landfill to decrease. A large number of discarded computers, communications equipment, televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and other electronic devices are hitting the landfills every day.

According to the Global Environment series of conferences held in Bali, Indonesia the various types of e-waste are increasing at around 40 million tonnes. In another report U.S. scientists said that developing nations will produce at least twice as much electronic waste as developed countries by 2016. The study foresees that by 2030 developing countries will be discarding up to 700 million obsolete personal computers per year compared to 300 million by developed countries.

The Bali conference highlighted a few facts about e-waste and stressed that the world should actively recycle electronic waste because it not only solves various environmental problems, but helps us extract a large amount of gold, silver, copper, palladium and other valuable metal resources.

According to a report published by United Nations Environment the e-waste in China every year, amounting to 2.3 million tons, is second only to the United States amount of 300 million tonnes. As China’s economy continues to accelerate there is every chance they will over take the US and become the largest provider of electronic waste world wide. If no action is taken, these countries face the risk of environmental problems and health issues. It is known that in the e-waste contains many different metals, especially precious metals. For instance, from 1 ton of waste cell phone battery 100 grams of gold can be extracted.

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