E-Waste! Drukuj

e-wasteE-Waste is a growing worldwide problem. In fact most of the people see e-waste as a useless trash but it really is a gold mine. Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled. But what e-waste is? It is all the used electronic devices which are not useful anymore. Those objects are very valuable and the thing is there are some quantities of valuable minerals in each. Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver. Americans dump phones containing over $60 million in gold/silver every year. A large number of what is labeled as "e-waste" is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.

The most disturbing fact about e-waste is it pollutes the environment. It pollutes a lot. Places where e-waste is stored are totally devastated by growing hills of falling apart old devises. But nobody really see that recycling of e-waste could be very cost effective. Recycling 1 million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by 3,657 U.S. homes in a year. If the job was done America would be much cleaner and wealthier. What should we do then? I think the best solution would be opening shops across the country where you could give out your used electronic products so they can be recycled or re-used. It might be harder to do than we think. E-waste is still the fastest growing municipal waste stream in America, according to the EPA. People are too lazy to segregate electronic waste from regular waste. There’s not much to do if people won’t be helpful. But those messed places can be already cleaned and e-waste lying there could be transported, stored or recycled.