How to Deal Safely with the Waste of your Electronic Devices
In homes we have more and more technology, which we also renew frequently. If these residues are not disposed off correctly, they can become dangerous for us and for the environment.
Each year worldwide more than 40 million tons of electronic waste known as electronic scrap is generated. Endless mountains of refrigerators, computers, televisions, ovens, telephones, air conditioners, lamps, toasters and other gadgets are gathered.
Surely on more than one occasion you have asked yourself what to do with that phone that you no longer use; how to recycle the mobile, how to recycle those chargers that you accumulate, the compact camera that no longer works, where to recycle batteries. For more information visit: ewasterecyclehub.com
A Mobile Phone
Did you know that up to 92% of the phone can be used in the construction of new equipment? In our country, less than 2% of the total waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is recycled, and a mobile phone contains dangerous toxic components that must end up in a recycling plant and not in a landfill. A recent report of the United Nations Environment Program warned that around 40-50 million tons of this type of waste are generated every year worldwide and foresees “serious consequences” for mountains of “hazardous” and “toxic” waste that accumulate without any control. How can we avoid this?
Numerous are the companies that recycle and even buy your old phone and, although they are not large sums of money, they are something as well as insurance for these substances to be reused and / or recycled correctly. You can also go to the some Foundations, that will take over your old phone with total security and that is currently integrated into the Recycle network, where they inform you of collection points. Another option is The Clean Point closest to your home. In these places, you can get undone with other devices such as cameras, tablets, and computers.
The changes experienced in chargers and batteries (of laptops, phones, cameras) have reduced energy consumption, and partly also the toxicity, although it is still high. Almost 30% of the weight of batteries and/or batteries is made of toxic materials such as Mercury, Cadmium, Nickel, Manganese, Lithium and Zinc. Some of these elements are really polluting, mainly if they come in contact with water and are diluted in ponds or rivers. These pollutants are concentrated uncontrollably in landfills in the country, with very serious and poorly documented consequences! What can we do? Once again, recycling by professional companies or deposit them in Clean Points.
Most people still have some battery-operated devices at home. That’s why it’s important to know that they contain some potentially dangerous heavy metals like mercury, cadmium or lead; therefore, batteries are considered special waste and are subject to specific collection and treatment.
The most polluting is the button one. Deposit them at Clean Points, or at other collection points, such as we can find on publicity poles in our city, for example, or supermarkets and shopping centers. If these toxic components (especially heavy metals, such as mercury and cadmium) are released into nature uncontrollably, rainwater can carry metals into underground water courses and from them, into rivers and the sea, with the possible affectation of living beings. In case of uncontrolled burning the metals evaporate and disperse through the air and when it rains, they end up in the ground and the water courses, which is why correct treatment is so important. Most heavy metals are bioaccumulative and pass from one organism to another through the food chain! Make the most of the useful life of electronic devices and when you decide to get rid of them, do it safely!