What is E-Waste?
E-Waste, otherwise known as electronic waste, includes items such as:
cell phones, computer towers, monitors, television sets, video cassettes, etc.
Today, technology advances at such a rapid pace that a newly purchased machine can be virtually obsolete within a year or two!
As the new electronic gadgets become more easily available and widely distributed, so does the disposal problem of the outdated equipment.
E-Waste is the fastest growing source of waste in the world.
In 2004 the GVRD alone disposed of 12,000 tonnes of computer equipment!
Most E-Waste is shipped overseas, land-filled, or incinerated.
Only 11% of E-Waste is recycled.
E-Waste does not decompose.
Land-filling e-waste is harmful to the environment.
Heavy metals and flame-retardants including substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel can leach out into the soil and water and contaminate the environment.
These substances are toxic and have been associated with cancer and neurological disorders in children.