E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic and electrical products nearing the end of their useful life due to various reasons such as performance, breakdown, upgrade cost, maintenance cost, obsolete technology etc.
Due to rapidly evolving technology & increased disposable incomes many electronic devices have a much shorter life-cycle than before. As a result of this, we are rapidly drowning in a tsunami of E-Waste.
E-Waste includes waste such as computers, monitors, printers, accessories, consumables, cell phones, TVs, appliances like mixers, microwaves, ovens, etc.
How E-Waste is hazardous
You may not give a second thought to your dumped monitor when you buy a new one, but it mostly ends up in a landfill, releasing toxins.
E-Waste leeches toxic chemicals into the surrounding land and water causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem and malignant diseases to people living in a vicinity.
Else, it ends up in a burning pile, which is even more harmful as burning of PVC & brominated flame-retardants used in electronic components, releases extremely toxic & deadly pollutants such as carcinogenic POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) & PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).