Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-computing/articles/71375.aspx#ixzz1IFhxrLeR E-waste or electronic waste consists of broken and unwanted electrical or electronic devices and peripherals such as computers, monitors, printers, batteries, mobile phones, televisions, lamps and others. E-waste usually finds a place in landfills or faces incineration, and both these options raise serious environmental and health issues. Recycling or processing e-waste to extract the minerals trapped inside and reusing the rest of the components is a viable solution to solve the menace of e-waste. The benefits of e-waste recycling extend to:
* elimination of health and environmental hazards
* conservation of resources
* energy efficiency
* economic growth
E-waste Recycling Eliminates Health and Environment Hazards
The major benefits of e-waste recycling are the elimination of the health and environment hazards caused by disposal of untreated e-waste in landfills. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates more than four million tons of e-waste are hitting landfills each year, with the numbers compounding every year. Much of this e-waste contains significant quantities of non-biodegradable toxic substances. Computers, servers, and other IT hardware contain mercury, lead, barium, arsenic, antimony, and cadmium. Flat-panel light displays contain mercury and CRT monitors contain lead. When e-waste finds its way into landfills such toxic metals seep out and contaminate the soil and water, causing health problems and polluting the atmosphere. Incinerating e-waste produces volatilized heavy metals that cause an even more significant public health hazard. Recycling e-waste helps eliminate its propensity to cause health and...