Here are the most frequently asked questions about e-waste and their answers:
- Why is it important to care about e waste?
Our primary concern with e waste is protecting the environment.
- Why is e waste bad for the environment?
The parts that go into making certain devices contain poisonous chemicals. When these e waste devices are thrown into landfills, the chemicals that they were made with infiltrate the soil, seep into the drinking water and affect humans and animals.
- What are the 3 types of waste?
Three types of waste are organic waste, recyclables, e-waste.
- What does e waste consist of?
It is the disposal of computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines. As we continue to update technology, older products will be thrown away and replaced.
- What is technology waste?
Technology waste is another term for e-waste – products that are at the end of their life cycles and are being thrown away.
- What does e waste stand for?
- What is an e waste example?
Simply throwing away an old computer because it doesn’t work is a form of e waste.
Devices like cell phones, smartphones, printers, computer monitors, video game consoles plus many more electronic devices also fall into this category.
- What items are not allowed in landfills?
Items that are banned from landfills include car batteries, computers, products containing mercury and nickel-cadmium batteries.
- What chemicals are in e waste?
Chemicals that are found in electronics are lead, mercury, barium and lithium.
- What electronics are recyclable?
Computers, monitors, computer accessories, cables, printers, storage devices, gaming devices, network devices and scanners.
- What states have e waste laws?
Rhode Island, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, New Jersey and West Virginia.
- What are the 5 toxic substances which go into making electronic goods?
Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium and Chlorine.
- What countries are affected by e waste?
Countries such as China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ghana receive tons of electronic waste from Western countries every year. In total, it’s estimated that almost 50 million tons of e-waste will be generated annually. China lead the way, with 7.2 million tons per annum, while the USA (6.3), Japan (2.1), India (2.0) and Germany (1.9) trail behind.
- What kind of toxin is released by burning low e waste?
The toxic fumes released by these techniques often contain polyhalogenated dioxins and furans generated by incomplete combustion at low temperatures.
- what percentage of e waste is recycled?
Only 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled.
- What is e scrap?
It is the same thing as e-waste.
- What is the California electronic waste recycling fee?
The Electronic Waste Recycling Fee is a fee imposed on the retail sale or lease of certain electronic products that have been identified by the Department of Toxic Substances Control as covered electronic devices.