Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day - 22 April - Whats your contribution ?

Earth Day - 22 April - Whats your contribution ?

Each and everyone of us must contribute a positive action towards earth day. And whats your contribution ?

General awareness is really necessary on Recycling E-Waste.

Whats that e-waste recycling ?
Discarded computers, printers, copiers, mobiles… are we building e-mountains? How do we handle toxic tech trash?

* It's energy efficient to rebuild old computers.

* Recycling just a million cell phones would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

* Flat panel computer monitors/notebooks contain small amounts of mercury.

* Cathode ray tubes in older TVs/computers have lead.

Excellent topic on earth's day.

Check out.

Citizens at Risk tells a chilling story about e-waste. Made by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Chintan Environment and Action Group and Arjun Bhagat/IMAK, the short film details what happens when computers from “US, Malaysia” come to the bylanes of Delhi to “die”. In the middle of mountains of e-scrap, barefoot children, standing on a street of lead-coated broken glass, perform the last rites. Covered in toxic dust, they smash screens with hammers, while women tear apart electronic components, boil and wash them in acid with bare hands, for money-earning metals. Acid pools are everywhere. The commentator talks of toxic hydrogen chloride fumes.

An elegant word, but there's nothing refined about e-waste. We generate it when we casually throw out computers, monitors, TVs, printers, copiers, fax machines, phones, keyboards, mouses, mobiles, laptops, projectors, cameras, audio equipment, toys, games and household appliances — e-waste is anything with a main plug or battery.

A billion dollar industry

Breaking computers is a billion dollar industry. The Printed Circuit Board has minute amounts of gold, silver, copper, palladium, aluminium and platinum. On its flip-side, e-waste contains toxic chemicals zinc, lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PVC and arsenic compounds. When the waste is burned, heavy metals are released. With water and acids, they seep into groundwater. The complex, informal system of recycling is peopled by rag pickers who know no techniques, have no protective gear.

If interested to read more on the above news then you must read it here in this news site.

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