Dispose e-waste correctly

2016-11-09 06:00
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IN an effort to ensure that electronic waste is not thrown onto landfill sites or disposed of correctly, JG Afrika will be holding its fifth annual e-Waste Collection in partnership with Liberty Midlands Mall and SmartMatta on Thursday, 24 November.

Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. With the constant change in technology, many electronic devices become “trash” after a few short years of use.

Anything powered by either batteries or electricity such as computers, TVs, VCRs and DVD players, consumer electronics, kettles, printers, fax machines, cellphones, toasters, microwaves or direct parts of the appliances.

“Electric and electronic goods contain numerous chemical elements and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. As a result, any resulting e-waste can be hazardous and toxic, causing serious health and environmental pollution problems if not handled responsibly.

“Hazardous components from mismanaged e-waste can contaminate soil and water and pollute the air with toxic fumes if burnt.

“In addition, e-waste contains valuable materials that can be recovered through recycling,” said Riona Patak, JG Afrika environmental scientist.

Patak added that e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in South Africa as old and redundant items are generated due to the rapid advance of new technology therefore responsible management of e-waste is required.

“The e-waste collection day aims to provide an opportunity for the public to ensure their e-waste gets handled in a responsible manner. All e-waste received on the day will be either repaired, or dismantled and safely disposed. The handling of these items will take place in accordance with the integrated waste management principles and available environmental best practices,” said Patak.

All electronic items except, fluorescent lights and batteries, will be accepted.

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