E-waste? What? How? (part one)

“Law for management of electrical and electronic equipment and waste electrical and electronic equipment” categorizes electrical and electronic equipment as:

  1. large household appliances;
  2. small home appliances;
  3. equipment for information technology and telecommunications;
  4. wide consumer equipment and electronics for entertainment;
  5. lighting equipment;
  6. electrical and electronic appliances (except large stationary industrial tools);
  7. electrical and electronic equipment and toys for fun and sport;
  8. medical devices (except devices that can cause infection or radiation);
  9. tools for monitoring and control, and
  10. automatic machines.

E-waste includes waste from electrical and electronic equipment.
World faces expansion in technology development, so we easy become part of the great consumer society – buy, spend, throw … Unfortunately, our unnecessary electrical and electronic equipment often is improperly discard and usually ends with the rest of waste on the city’s overall waste landfills, dumps, in the cellars, attics or on other places – as far from our eyes.

Have you ever wondered what’s going on with your computer, TV or other household appliance from which you get rid on this or that way? What do you think, what is their impact on the environment and human health?
We encourage you to think about …

E-waste contains many harmful substances that negatively affect the environment, human and animal health if improperly handled. With inadequate and irresponsible handling of this type of waste and it disposal in nature it directly delays to soil and water and pollute them. It is particularly important to highlight the presence of:

Lead – can damage the central and peripheral nervous system of humans, there are registered effects of the endocrine system and can affect the cardiovascular system and kidneys. Lead is accumulated in the environment and has high acute and chronic toxic effects on plants, animals and microorganisms.

Cadmium – classified as toxic with a possible risk of irreversible effects on human health. Cadmium and cadmium compounds accumulate in the human body, especially in the kidneys and over time can lead to serious damage. Prolonged exposure to cadmium chloride may cause cancer.

Mercury – Methyl mercury easily accumulates in living organisms and concentrates through the food chain through fish. Methyl mercury has chronic effects and causes brain damage.

Hexavalent chromium (VI Cr) – is easily absorbed and produces different toxic effects in cells. Chromium VI causes very strong allergic reactions, such as asthmatic bronchitis, for example. Chromium VI considered potentially damaging to DNA.

Brominated burning flame retarder – are regularly used in electronic products as a means of protection from fire. More scientific observations indicate that polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) act on the endocrine system. When polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) will be released into the environment, they can enter the food chain.

To be continued …

“E-waste – problem we must find solution for” in support of Clean Up the World Weekend

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Fine and good details informing about the E- waste. Each member should be interested in doing the part to help protect our planet and at the same time making a little extra cash, by starting an eWaste recycling programs. Thanks for sharing the valuable information.

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