Electronic waste, or e-waste, is an emerging problem as well as a business opportunity of increasing significance, given the volumes of e-waste being generated and the content of both toxic and valuable materials in them. The fraction includes iron, copper, aluminium, gold and other metals. Given the high toxicity of these pollutants especially when burned or recycled in uncontrolled environments.
Life, nowadays has become so fast and luxurious that we can not imagine it without the sophisticated electrical and electronic items.
Again the rapid technological innovations in computing following the doubling of the processing power of chips almost every two year are rendering most of the electrical and electronic items obsolete in the blink of an eye. This coupled with changing life styles with more disposable income in littering the urban scope with the digital detritus of the digital age called E-waste.
E-waste is a generic term encompassing various forms of electrical and electronic equipment that may be old, might have reached end-of-life or most importantly cease to be of any value to their present owners and it has been identified as one of the fastest growing waste steams.
The electrical and electronic goods are broadly classified under three major heads; ‘White goods’ comprising of household appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machine, air conditioners etc.; ‘Brown goods’ include television, cameras, camcorders etc; and ‘Gray goods’ like computers, scanners, printers, mobile phones etc. Other sources of a waste are consumer and lighting equipment, electrical and electronics tools, sophisticated toys, sports equipment, medical devices, monitoring and control instruments etc. The residues of digital life are too many.
E-waste has many toxic substances which are dangerous at high level if not handled properly. These risks and dangers produced are the concerning issues and need the attention of everyone to minimize the dangers. There are concerns of workers that the analysts do not guide them in proper way to recycle the E-waste and complete the disposal processes. Serious repercussions arise due to the proximity to those places where E-waste materials are recycled or burnt. Grey goods have very toxic chemicals as compared to white and brown goods. For example a computer has very toxic chemicals like mercury, beryllium, cadmium, PVC and Phosphorous compounds. Central nervous system, Reproductive system and Urinary system are badly affected by the lead absorption in human body. Mercury also affects the CNS, Reproductive system and Urinary system of humans. If it is mixed in water used for living animals and on transportation of the water into water living animals can become the cause of death of those animals. Cadmium and Poly cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons affect the human body organs specially kidneys, lungs, skin and bladder respectively. E-waste has caused serious consequences to environment and human health. For example location near to recycling and burnt places of e-waste has many components of e-waste which directly affect the living of that area. When plants were planted near rivers, it is found that river water is contaminated by the e-waste components and water livings are badly harmed by these e-waste materials.
So our group 6 of IT class, we plan to make awareness around Assumption University campus by posting poster of E-Waste, through this we hope that we are able to send message about the dangers of e-wastes. Our goal is to make awareness to as many as students in the Assumption University as we can.
We will also be collecting any e-waste such as laptops, mobiles, batteries and so on which are provided by the students so that we will give it to the respective departments to recycle and give these recycled e-waste to those who cant afford to buy in a low price.