E-waste an emerging issue; Opportunity VS Threats

The Scenario

Electronic industry plays an important role in the development, not only provides job opportunity but also new and innovative electronic devices but when these electronic devices lived their life they become e-waste. E-waste knows as Electronic waste, it is defined as any electronic device or part of it that become obsolete and discarded after usage is considered as e-waste. Due to the rapid growth of electronic industry new innovative design of electronic devices are coming on a daily basis due to this the old design device become obsolete, therefore, it is the world fastest growing waste stream in the world.

The Bad Side

It has become an emerging issue and threat to the local and global environment as well as to the human due to the release of the toxicant from e-waste as a result of its informal recycling. The waste of electronic devices contains organic and inorganic pollutant such as POPs, PCB, Heavy metals, Hydrocarbons that are releasing into the environment due to informal recycling practices.  It is a major threat to the developing world as compared to the developed world because the well-established country exported their large amount of e-waste to the under developing countries because of the high cost of its recycling and lack of labor force.

The Good Side

Despite the bad side of e-waste, it also has a good side as copper and gold in 1 ton of e-waste is more than their respective ore. The capacity of recoverable resources from e-waste is just one aspect of it as it also provides some financial support to the commuter of the poor country who are involved in the recycling sector of e-waste and also generate a part of country revenue.

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Mian Arsalan Aslam

Muhammad Arsalan Aslam is undergraduate student and environmental researcher at the Government College University Faisalabad.

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