What is eWaste?

eWaste, e-Waste, or electronic waste, refers to any sort of electronic appliance which has become obsolete and discarded.

eWaste includes:

  • Personal computers
  • Monitors
  • Televisions
  • Mobile phones
  • Printers
  • Remote controls
  • Photocopiers
  • Any other electric or electronic equipment

The processing of electronic waste in developing countries causes serious health and pollution problems due to the fact that electronic equipment contains some very serious contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium and brominated flame retardants.

Even in developed countries recycling and disposal of e-waste involves significant risk for examples to workers and communities and great care must be taken to avoid unsafe exposure in recycling operations and leaching of materials such as heavy metals from landfills and incincerator ashes.

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Pictured: Piles of eWaste, potentially hazardous to our environment.

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