Shocking Facts about E-Waste You Need to Know

First, you need to know that electronic waste is not just ordinary waste; it’s the fastest growing source of waste in North America. E-Waste covers all types of electronic devices such as computers, TVs, mobile phones, home appliances (washing machine, dryer, dish washer, fridge, etc.) and many more. The major issue with this type of garbage is that it contains many very toxic substances like mercury, arsenic and cadmium, which are extremely harmful for the environment but also for human beings. Exposure to mercury, for example, can cause major damage to your brain, kidneys and nervous system. Lead, also a very toxic substance can accumulate in your body and affect your reproductive system. Certain electronic devices can contain up to 60 elements from the periodic table!

Every year, Americans purchase for more than 165 billion dollars worth of electronics. Each year, 1 billion cell phones and 300 million computers are produced. Now that is a lot! Between 20 and 50 million tons of e-waste are generated, every year, all around the world. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that this amount will, rise by 5 to 10% in the years to come. Unfortunately, very little quantities of electronic devices are recycled. In fact, according to the EPA, only 12,5 % of e-waste is currently being recycled. It is also estimated that about 80% of e-waste, generated in the United States is exported to Asia, in countries such as China and India. Just imagine those poor little people that have to live among other people’s garbage!

E-Waste is a major global issue and we need to find a way to put an end to it! Slowly, e-waste is destroying our world and soon enough it will destroy us also.

Loredana Martino

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