Join the green duty on e-waste in U’hage

2015-09-03 06:00
=A boy recovers copper from discarded electronic waste, to be exchanged for money. E-waste recycling and reclamation companies salvage precious metals like copper, silver and palladium from microprocessors of discarded electronic products like deskto

=A boy recovers copper from discarded electronic waste, to be exchanged for money. E-waste recycling and reclamation companies salvage precious metals like copper, silver and palladium from microprocessors of discarded electronic products like deskto

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Global statistics indicate that in 2012 an average of 20kg of e-waste for every one of the world’s 7 billion people was produced totalling a staggering amount of 50 million tons of e-waste.

South Africa generated 300 000 tons of e-waste at a rate of 6.6kg per person in 2012. It is expected that by 2017 the world’s output of e-waste is expected to increase by 33% to a total of 65 million tons. This will be enough to fill a line of 40 ton trucks end-to-end reaching a distance of 30 000kms.

Clean-up in Uitenhage

In support of the National Clean-up Week 14 to 20 September and National E-Waste collection day celebrated on 18 September, the Dutch Reformed Church Uitenhage East partnered with Albertyn Primary school and M-zan Technologies, a local e-waste recycling company, to do their green duty for our town and the environment.

From 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturday, 19 September residents will have the opportunity to drop any unwanted e-waste at the open field opposite Albertyn Primary School in Van der Stel Avenue.

E-waste includes discarded batteries, light bulbs including fluorescent tubes, electrical cables/ wires, small and large household appliances, mobile phones, computers, monitors, empty printer cartridges, printers, toys and all other products using batteries or electricity as a power source.

E-waste without safe recycling will lead to the exposure and that most of the toxic components like Barium, Cadmium, Lead, Lithium, Mercury, Nickel, Palladium, Rhodium and Silver end up in land fill sites poisoning the soil and water.

This poses significant environmental health risks and causing the following damage to human health:

•Birth defects

•Brain damage

•Heart, liver, lung, andamp; spleen damage

•Kidney damage

•Nervous andamp; reproductive system damage

•Skeletal system damage

)If you want to know more on how to dispose of it in a responsible manner or for a free collection service, you can contact the following persons to assist you: Brandt on 072 248 8684, email to brandt7@vodamail.co.za or Melinda on 073 498 4872

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