2013-10-17 00:00

E-WASTE is made up of any unwanted electrical or electronic equipment (either running on batteries or electricity) such as computers, TVs, VCRs and DVDs, consumer electronics, kettles, printers, fax machines, cell phones, toasters, microwaves or direct parts of these items.

Due to the numerous chemical elements and heavy metals (such as lead and mercury) contained in most electric and electronic goods any resulting e-waste can be hazardous and toxic. It can cause serious health and environmental pollution problems if not handled responsibly. Hazardous components from mismanaged e-waste can contaminate soil and water (if unsafely disposed of) and pollute the air with toxic fumes (if burnt), all of which can have dire consequences to plants, animals and people.

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