What do you Know about – E Waste?

electronic-waste-recyclingEvery year, North Americans throw 40 million metric tonnes of electronic e-waste. This includes cellphones, computers, TVs, VCRs, electronics that are full of heavy metals and dangerous chemicals.

Only 13.6% of e-waste was recycled in 2007.

90% of North American e-waste are exported to China, and Nigeria.

In Guiyu, China and Lagos, Nigeria, where the e-waste are being dumped, water and air are being polluted and 80% of children raised in these places have dangerous levels of lead in their blood.

You can play a role in reducing e-waste by considering  refurbished computers to reduce e-waste,  or computer upgrades to extend the life-cycle of your equipment.    Every bit helps.

 

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