Sunday, 4 January 2015

about e-waste

Is "e-waste" clearly defined?

The term "e-waste" is loosely applied to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life. There is no clear definition for e-waste; for instance whether or not items like microwave ovens and other similar "appliances" should be grouped into the category has not been established.

Is "e-waste" considered hazardous?
Certain components of some electronic products contain materials that render them hazardous, depending on their condition and density. For instance, California law currently views nonfunctioning CRTs (cathode ray tubes) from televisions and monitor as hazardous.
What should I do with my electronic discards?

The mantra of " Reduce, Reuse, Recycle " applies here.

Reduce your generation of e-waste through smart procurement and good maintenance.
Reuse still functioning electronic equipment by donating or selling it to someone who can still use it.
Recycle those products that cannot be repaired. To find an organization that will manage your electronics for recycling.

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