Fig. 1: A Representational Image of Electronic Waste or E-waste
A recent report by United Nations predicts that by 2020 e-waste from old computers in South Africa and China will have jumped by 200–400 % and by 500 % in India compared to 2007 levels. It also states that by 2020 e-waste from discarded cell phones will be increased to 7 times than 2007 in China and 18 times in India. This report also mentions that in the United States more than 150 million mobiles and pagers were sold in 2008, up from 90 million five years before, and globally more than 1 billion mobile phones were sold in 2007, up from 896 million in 2006. The UN report estimates that countries like Senegal and Uganda can expect e-waste flows from personal computers alone to increase 4 to 8-fold by 2020.
Why it poses a threat?
Fig. 2: A Table Representing the Various Toxic Substances Present in an E-waste
Proposed Solution – Recycling
Disposal & Recycling Process
Fig. 4: A Representational Image of the Shedding Process in Dispoal or Recycling of E-waste
Fig. 5: A Representational Image of Refining, the Third step of e-Waste Recycling
Disposal & Recycling Process II
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