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Electronic waste (e-waste) facts
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Electronic waste (e-waste) facts

Growing Problem: E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, with an estimated 50 million tons generated globally each year.

Hazardous Materials: Many electronic devices contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium that can harm the environment and human health if not properly disposed of.

Landfill Danger: When e-waste is sent to landfills, toxic chemicals can leach into the soil and groundwater, contaminating the environment.

Resource Waste: E-waste also represents a significant waste of valuable resources, as many discarded electronic devices still contain usable parts and materials.

Under-recycling: Despite the potential risks and resource waste associated with e-waste, only a small fraction of it is properly recycled. In many cases, e-waste is shipped to developing countries where it is often not managed in an environmentally responsible manner.

Long-term Effects: The effects of improper e-waste disposal can persist for decades or even centuries, leading to long-term harm to the environment and human health.

Costly: The cost of managing e-waste can be high, as specialized facilities and processes are required to safely and responsibly dispose of the hazardous materials found in many electronic devices.

Importance of Recycling: Proper e-waste recycling can help reduce the environmental and health impacts associated with the disposal of electronic devices, as well as conserve valuable resources and minimize the waste of valuable materials.

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