Handling Electronic Waste

In general, electronic waste is used electronic goods that are no longer used by their owners. It can be old batteries, incandescent light bulbs, cables, computer monitors, televisions, cell phones, and other electronic items. So far, countries in the Asian continent account for the most electronic waste with an amount of around 25 million tons. After that, America contributed 13 million tons of electronic waste, and Europe contributed 12 million tons. One way to reduce electronic waste at home is to use junk removal Los Angeles services for electronic waste.

Most of the components in the electronic waste can indeed be recycled. However, only about 20 percent of the e-waste in the world has been successfully recycled. The rest is burned, stockpiled or some are dumped into water areas, such as into rivers or oceans. This is the problem.

As is known, in addition to plastic, several electronic components contain heavy metals such as aluminum, antimony, iron, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, lithium, mercury, nickel, silver, zinc, copper, and tin.

Some of these heavy metals, such as antimony, cadmium, chromium, mercury, and lead, can poison the body so that it has serious health effects on the kidneys, blood vessel system, and central nervous system.

When this electronic waste is burned, for example, the toxic chemicals in it directly mix with the air and cause damage to the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, when these electronic wastes are stockpiled, the toxic substances present will pollute the soil and water, which in turn will also pose a health risk to humans.

As a hazardous and toxic waste, the handling of electronic waste must be carried out very carefully and appropriately. Electronic waste management should not be careless, or simply treated the same as organic waste management.

Handling that is not careful and inappropriate will not only have a health impact but can also contaminate permanent environmental pollution due to toxic substances that are difficult to decompose.

Because of the negative impact on health and the environment, several countries enforce very strict e-waste recycling and destruction policies, in which electronic goods that are no longer in use must be handed over to a specially designated agency/institution.