Electronic waste or e-waste gathers its name from electronic products that have reached the end of their useful lifespan. These items can often include computers, televisions, stereos, printers, fax machines, batteries, cameras, and more. A tape of the used electronic device needs to be properly salvaged, recycled, or reused to prevent a severe environmental impact. Here are some of the largest environmental impacts that can occur as a result of E-waste:
The Harmful Metal Components Can Leach Into Water Supplies
Most electronics like computers contain small amounts of toxic materials like zinc, nickel, chromium and barium. When this has the chance to leak into the water supply, this can lead to damage to the kidneys, blood and the nervous system.
Toxic Chemicals Can Be Released Into The Air
When the temperatures get warmer toxic chemicals have the chance to be released into the air which can damage the environment. Damage to the atmosphere can be one of the largest environmental impacts of electronic waste.
Hurting Animal Populations
When electronic waste has the chance to be thrown into a landfill, toxic materials will seep into groundwater and affect sea and land animals.
People Upgrade Their Electronics At Shocking Rates
Only 10% of the smartphones in the United States are being recycled and Americans are getting new smartphones every year to 18 months.
Areas of the world responsible for e waste disposal are experiencing substantial health problems:
The population of Guiyu China has a substantial population that is experiencing bone problems, respiratory problems and neurological problems. This is an area of the world that receives the most shipments of electronic waste from around the world.
Keep some of these top environmental impacts in mind as you are thinking about what to do with your electronic waste.
This post was written by Steven Elia Owner and electronic recycling specialist at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is a R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to when looking for an electronic recycling center in Tampa.