All of us gadget freaks need to know some things about e-waste, cause this is the only planet we have. The term itself is applied to all waste caused by discarding electronic devices, especially consumer electronics. Some of the facts worth knowing: The average user replaces his or her mobile phone every 18 months. In [...]
Posted on 25. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Residents living near an e-waste recycling site in China face elevated risks of lung cancer, according to a recent study co-authored by Oregon State University researchers. Electronic trash, such as cell phones, computers and TVs, is often collected in dumps in developing countries and crudely incinerated to recover precious metals, including silver, gold, palladium and copper. [...]
NOW, shipments of toxic e-wastes to Nigeria are recurring with more regularity. Every now and then Nigeria has become a dumping ground for toxic e-waste materials from Europe and other nations who want to rid their environment of toxic waste materials. The e-waste come in the form of used electrical and electronic equipment such as [...]
Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
A new study¹ on the effects of E-waste on human health reveals serious negative outcomes for those dismantling and handling components of discarded electronics. The study, published by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, details that workers, some as young as six years of age, are routinely exposed to hazardous materials and inhalation [...]
A machine that incinerates hazardous medical waste in South Africa into ash within minutes is set to make the disposal of waste sustainable while reducing the risk of infection. The Newster medical waste steriliser, to be launched in South Africa soon, grinds potentially infectious waste into dry solid waste, and also sterilises it. The device, which [...]
IBM’s massive recycling facilities are more like rehabilitation centers. Most of the computers, printers, and servers—castoffs from IBM’s offices, along with equipment previously leased to corporate customers—are refurbished and resold. Some are salvaged for parts. But inevitably some electronics are too old to resuscitate. Therein lies one of the biggest conundrums of the digital age: [...]
Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
The global consumption of electronics and the trade of e-waste inextricably links First and Third World countries together through economic development and environmental degradation. In our modern society, we have come to rely heavily on information technology and computers for everything from work and production, to information and entertainment. It is hard to imagine life without the electronic equipment [...]
Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Because hundreds of millions of new cell phones are sold every year just in the U.S., and only a small percentage of the old ones ever make it to a proper recycling facility, our modern mobile lifestyle is creating a huge e-waste problem. According to a recent study from the CDC that tracked the demographics of [...]
Computers, tablets and mobile phones are all popular consumer products. The lifespan of these devices is usually short, between two to four years. Shakila Umair, researcher at KTH, travelled to Pakistan to see how these common electronic devices are dismantled and recycled. She investigated the harsh living conditions of people working with e-waste. Shakila Umair, [...]
The increased use of computer and electronic appliances in Africa and more so in Kenya has made life easier for a majority of the population. However have you ever asked yourself what hazards your old discarded mobile phone, computer or other electronic appliances pose to the environment and how they can be safely destroyed? Technology [...]