Even with all of the programs available in the U.S., not enough people are taking advantage of the E-Waste services presented to them. Many states have bans on electronic waste materials going to landfills, yet people are still throwing their e-waste away in the garbage.
E-waste contaminates the environment making it unsafe for all living things. Many electronics have harmful chemicals that when damaged, can be released which causes illness and possibly even death to small animals and plants. It is crucial that e-waste be properly disposed of.
In 2009, the last recorded percentage of e-waste being recycled, only about 25% of e-waste was being properly disposed of by recycling. Women and seniors were said to have little knowledge of such services and programs made available for them by their state in regards to proper e-waste collection and recycling. This was announced at the American Chemical Society meeting by a UCI professor who had studied e-waste matters. The professor encouraged those to educate the people in need of more knowledge on e-waste collection services in their area, as well as the effects of e-waste on the environment should it be improperly disposed of.
A study conducted by the professor who spoke at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting showed that over 84 million outdated televisions were still sitting in homes as well as over 200 cellphones. Those numbers do not include the long list of other electronics just sitting around people’s homes not getting use. All of these old, broken down electronics harbor harmful chemicals and need to be tossed away properly with the help of the e-waste collections made available to them in the state in which they live.
The proper waste disposal of e-waste is vital to our environment. The world needs to be made more aware of the effects as well as the services made available to them in the state in which they live.
Via: Environmental Leader