As is the nature of most things, even the mobile phone or computer monitor you’re reading this blog on will one day be disposed of and thrown away. But how many of us give second thoughts to where our electronic waste ends up? We’d like to imagine that it simply vanishes and goes away. Unfortunately, “away” can be a village in Nigeria or a slum in India.
Most E-waste ends up in recycling centers and landfills around the world and the pollutants it carries can have a long-lasting impact on our environment. This impact further extends to both humans and animals and has resulted in severe damage to health and habitat.
Due to an ever increasing demand for new products, the waste makes way to developing countries, to be used, recycled and made into newer products— a thriving industrial structure that comes at a heavy cost.
Let’s take a look at some of the places where E-waste ends up.
This is usually where most of our toxic E-waste goes. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the E-waste in the US (including cell phones, computers, television, scanners, faxes, printers etc) totaled to 2.37 million tones, 75 percent of which was disposed of in landfills. While the E-waste in the US constitutes 2 percent of the total waste, it accounts for 70 percent of the overall toxic waste.
Hiring workers and opening an electronic shredder proves to be quite costly. This has forced recycling centers to search for cheaper alternatives. Due to high operating costs, many centers will ship the waste to developing countries. Because such operations cause massive harm to people and the environment, they are deemed illegal. This has given rise to an international criminal business which seeks to profit of such a trade and dump the E-waste in countries such as Pakistan, India, Brazil, Ghana, and Nigeria.
In these countries, the waste is dismantled and different components are sold at cheap prices. Developing nations do not have stringent laws in place to protect the workers and environment from hazardous waste materials.
It is important for each one of us to play our role in protecting the environment, regardless of it being our own or of another country. Make sure to dispose of your waste in an eco-friendly manner. Our Orange County junk removal services ensure that your waste is disposed of in the safest way possible. Contact them today!