top e-waste questions

Top 17 E-Waste Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions about e-waste and their answers:

  1. Why is it important to care about e waste?

Our primary concern with e waste is protecting the environment.

  1. 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.

  1. What are the 3 types of waste?

Three types of waste are organic waste, recyclables, e-waste.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. What does e waste stand for?

Electronic Waste.

  1. 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.

  1. What items are not allowed in landfills?

Items that are banned from landfills include car batteries, computers, products containing mercury and nickel-cadmium batteries.

  1. What chemicals are in e waste?

Chemicals that are found in electronics are lead, mercury, barium and lithium.

  1. What electronics are recyclable?

Computers, monitors, computer accessories, cables, printers, storage devices, gaming devices, network devices and scanners.

  1. What states have e waste laws?

Rhode Island, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Virginia, Missouri, New Jersey and West Virginia.

  1. What are the 5 toxic substances which go into making electronic goods?

Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium and Chlorine.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. what percentage of e waste is recycled?

Only 12.5 percent of e-waste is recycled.

  1. What is e scrap?

It is the same thing as e-waste.

  1. 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.