E waste is a global concern today. With the development in technology across the globe, there has been a considerable rise in the use of electrical and electronic equipment among people. India is a major producer of e waste, as more and more people in the country are warming up to the idea of using latest gadgets. Here is a list of fascinating facts about e waste from the world over:
Many people across the globe are known to reject their computers after using them for only 3 years.
High amounts of preciaous metals such as gold and silver go into the making of cell phones and other electronic goods. Americans are reported to annually discard mobile phones comprising gold and silver worth $60 million.
In order to manufacture one computer, 539 pounds of fossil fuel, 1.5 tons of water and 48 pounds of chemicals are used up.
Every year as much as 20 to 50 million metric tons of e waste is disposed globally.
Landfill with e waste was banned by The European Union in the 1990s. The current laws state that the manufacturers would be responsible for the disposal of e waste.
If one million laptops are recycled, it can save the energy equivalent to the power employed by 3,660 odd homes in the U.S. every year.
Watch out for more facts in the next issue…