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Posted By : Kh. Donald, Class 9, Miles Bronson Residential School

Electronic waste, popularly known as e –waste. It means electronic devices that are no longer used due to advancement in technology changes in fashion, style and status nearing the end of their useful life. It maybe computers, fax machine, printers or scanners. E –waste is one of the rapidly growing environmental problem of the world. In India, the electronic waste management assumes greater significance not only due to the generation of our own waste but also dumping of e-waste particularly computer waste from developed countries. With extensively using computers and electronic equipment and people dumping old, amount of e – waste  generated has been steadily increasing.  At present Bengaluru alone generates 8000 tones of computers  waste annually and in the absence of proper disposal, they find their way to scrap dealers. At the moment only around 80% of e-waste is estimated  to be recycled. However, electronic products contain heavy metals that can be dangerous for the environment to throw electronic items into the trash because once they reach the landfill , they let these harmful heavy metals soak into the soil, turning it poisonous.  

E- waste recycling  is something that we should be concentrating more on. it is one of the biggest issue occurring around the world. recycling e- waste has a lot of benefits like. It conserves natural resources, protects environment. It also creates jobs for professional recycles and create a second market for the recycled materials. E- waste recycling also saves unnecessary dumps and landfills. Even if an electronic item has stopped working, its constituent parts can still be used its constituent parts can still be  used or turn into something useful. Metals can be melted down and turned into something else, plastic can be reused and wires can be incorporated into new circuits. There is a use for almost everything here .

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