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Posted:
04/02/15
Ben Pfannl

What You Need to Understand about E-Waste

E-waste is one of the main issues in our world yet no one seems to be discussing it. When we talk about E-waste we are referring to discarded electronics that are outdated or no longer work properly.

Why is this a problem?

E-Waste is already a big problem all around the world. Modern consumer electronics contain valuable metals such as gold and platinum yet a lot contain many hazardous and toxic materials. When they end up in landfills or are recycled improperly they pollute water sources and the air we breath. The toxicity is also very damaging to human health.

Large amounts of the world’s E-waste also is shipped to developing countries where it is recycles without any safety measures and is harmful to the local population. These countries usually lack the proper infrastructure to securley recycle E-waste.

A current study has found that workers in Guiyu, China have unsafe levels of lead in the blood and fish in the area have been found to contain high levels of PCBs.*

What is being done?

Locally, here at United Iron & Metal we pride ourselves in safely recycling e-waste and other recyclable
metals in a a safe and secure manner.

On a global scale the United Nations has set up a international initiative called StEP which stands for “Solving the E-Waste Problem.” With this initiative in place they are encouraging manufactures to remove harmful chemicals from their products in orders to degrade the environmental damage and human health concerns of improper recycling of E-waste. It is a initial step but more needs to be done in the future.

Recycling E-waste is very important and it must be done properly and ethically. Please always recycle your unwanted electronics in a responsible manner. If you have any questions about bringing your E-waste to our scrap yard please contact us.

*Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of man-made compounds that were widely used in the past, mainly in electrical equipment, but which were banned at the end of the 1970s in many countries because of environmental concerns.

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