Pollution Research Paper

Vol. 35, Issue 3, 2016; Page No.(557-560 )

E-WASTE THREATS AND MITIGATION

G. KALPANA AND T. MURALIDHARAN

Abstract

Electronic waste (or E-Waste) is an informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life”. It is the fastest growing waste stream and its disposal is a major environmental concern in all parts of the world. E-wastes are considered dangerous, since certain components of some electronic products contain hazardous materials depending on their condition and density. The hazardous materials pose a threat to human health and environment. Discarded computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, electric lamps, cell phones, audio equipment and batteries if improperly disposed can leach lead and other substances into soil and groundwater. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner so that they are less harmful to the ecosystem. More than 50 million tons of E-Waste is generated every year with major fraction finding its way to landfills and dumpsites. This paper highlights the hazards of e-wastes, the need for its appropriate management and options that can be implemented.

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