Understand E-Waste Management and help save the ocean-2022 Guide

2023-02-21

2023-02-21

 

Introduction

E-waste is a big issue, but it's not hard to help with e-waste management. There are many ways you can reduce e-waste by recycling old electronics and using them in new ways. 

 

We are facing an e-waste crisis

E-waste is a big problem, and it's growing. It is an issue that affects us all. The amount of e-waste is increasing at an alarming rate. For example, there were over 41 million tons of e-waste generated in 2016, which was up from only around 20 million tons in 2010. A lot of this waste ends up being recycled in countries like China where workers are exposed to toxic fumes and chemicals while they dismantle the devices.

The problem with this type of waste is that much of it contains hazardous materials like lead and mercury that can leach into soil and groundwater when improperly disposed of (or even recycled).

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What is e-waste? 

Electronics that are no longer needed, broken, or nearing the end of their "useful life" are referred to as "e-waste." Electronic items that are used every day include computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines.

The problem of how to get rid of old and undesirable gadgets is not a recent one; it has existed at least since the 1970s. But a lot has changed since then, especially how many electronics are thrown out now.

Another thing we have today is a name for this problem. After numerous titles were proposed, including "Digital trash," the term "e-waste" came to be accepted.

 

What is e-waste management? 

E-waste management is the collection, recycling, and disposal of electronic waste. It is increasingly becoming a problem for many countries. 

There are several problems that come along with e-waste:

  • Toxic substances leach into the environment when these devices are improperly disposed of or recycled (e.g., burning them) and are released into the local ecosystem where they can harm animals and humans alike.

  • Inefficient management practices mean that valuable resources like metal could be recovered instead of being sent to landfills where they will not decompose for thousands of years.

E-waste management is important for the environment, economy, people, and wildlife.

EPR in e-waste management

EPR stands for Electronic Product Recycling, which is the process of recycling electronic waste products. When you recycle your electronic products, they can be used to make new things instead of being thrown away as trash. Recycling electronic devices help the environment because it prevents toxic chemicals from getting into our soil and water systems and causing harm to animals and plants.

The e-waste management system can also help in reducing negative impacts on marine wildlife by reducing the number of plastics in their habitat, which causes many problems for them including death from starvation or suffocation due to plastic entrapment or ingestion by mistake (this happens when fish mistake plastic bags or other pieces of trash floating around as food).

 

Recycling electronics is one of the best ways to prevent plastic pollution from leaching into the ocean.

When you recycle your used electronics, you're helping to clean up our planet. Recycling e waste is good for the environment because it prevents unnecessary waste from entering landfills or being dumped in rivers and oceans—where the plastic breaks down into small pieces that can be ingested by fish (and eventually us). When we don't recycle our old phones, computers and TVs, they end up in landfills where they take up space for thousands of years.

 

E-waste Management - TV

While most people are aware of the dangers of e-waste, it's still not uncommon for old TVs to be thrown out with regular trash. This is because many people do not realize that their TV is made of glass and other dangerous materials. While a cracked screen may be unsightly and make it difficult to watch your favorite shows, it can also cause serious health problems if you breathe in the toxic dust released when electronics are broken down improperly in landfills.

 

The only safe way to dispose of your old television is to bring it to special recycling events offered by your local government, or businesses that accept e-waste. Make sure it's turned off, unplugged and put in a cardboard box! Don't put it in plastic bags or cover it with fabric; all these precautions are necessary because of the chemical components within old televisions and monitors. Recycling your LCD/LED television is a simple way to save the environment without having to pay a fortune. The process involves disassembling the unit, separating the materials and recycling it.

 

E-waste Management - Computer

There are many ways to get rid of your old computers, but when you donate or sell them, you have no way of knowing what will happen to the device after it leaves your hands. Recycling is a better option: not only does it prevent e-waste from ending up in landfills, but it also keeps toxic materials out of our air and water supply. Plus, recycling programs often offer financial incentives for turning in old electronics for reuse or repair instead of dumping them into landfills.

 

If you're worried about identity theft or other security risks associated with leaving personal information on an old hard drive and having someone else use it without your knowledge (or even knowledge), then wiping the hard drive clean before recycling might be something worth considering if possible. This process ensures that anyone who uses the computer after receiving it won't be able to access any personal data stored on it by previous users like yourself—and even if they could somehow access those files somehow anyway (by using some sort of magic tool), there would still be no way for them to know who used that particular machine before they did because all personal data has been removed along with any residual traces left behind from prior users' interactions with the said machine.

 

E-waste Management - Phone

As you can see, there are myriad ways to recycle and reuse e-wastes. However, cell phones have a special place in this list because they contain more precious metals than any other type of electronic device. They can contain roughly 30 times more gold than similar weights of industrial lead, 3 times as much tin, 2 times as much cobalt, and 7 times as much palladium. This means that it is best to dispose of your phone responsibly by sending it to an authorized recycling company(TCL) that will pay you for the metal components inside your phone (gold, copper, and others).

 

The valuable materials can be recycled into new products: copper wiring can be reused for power lines; metals such as iron and aluminum parts can be melted down and casted into new products like cars or aircraft; plastics such as lithium-ion batteries contain valuable materials that can also be reused in future projects.

 

You can reuse and recycle e-waste to help keep the earth healthy

The best way to handle your e-waste is to follow these simple steps: 

1. Be a responsible producer. Using a refurbished item instead of buying a new one.

2. Keep your products, batteries, and accessories out of the waste stream by refraining from tossing them in regular trash containers. 

3. Recycle products when they are no longer of use to you as required by law in your area. 

4. Otherwise dispose of them at waste collection points approved by the government where they can be recycled or disposed of properly.

 

TCL is building a sustainabile future

For those who don't know, TCL cares about the environment and has always been dedicated to protecting the environment.

TCL has been awarded environmental awards, such as the EPA's first special sustainability leadership award for its creative recycling solutions provided to Americans during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Electronics recycling faced difficulties, struggle, and change in 2020. The TCL Sustainability Team had to fundamentally rethink how to bring electronics recycling events back in communities because public events and social gatherings had to be put on pause due to the pandemic.

TCL developed a special formula that became the TCL Take-Back Tour, bringing together governments, recyclers, and cities and towns across America to make recycling convenient, safe, and cost-free for everyone involved.

 

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