Have is having a huge impact on the
Have you ever seen hundreds of people line up in front of an apple store waiting to buy a new iphone that was just released? Most times, when people buy iphones that were just released they are probably dropping on an old iphone, that just gets thrown away eventually, because of that about 50 million tons of e-waste or electronic waste is produced each year worldwide. About 50 million tons of e-waste are produced each year, but where does all of that go? Most old electronic goods are stockpiled in closets or garages in a house, or gathered in storages waiting to be reused, recycled, or thrown away. When they are thrown away they go to landfills, incinerators, or sometimes, they are exported to Asia, mainly China. There are huge trade routes from other countries and continents to Asia, and that is having a huge impact on the environment, not only Asia receives a lot of e waste, but Hong Kong is also the country in southeastern Asia that is producing the most trash per year, producing nearly 6,681,000 metric tons of e waste every year. And now, there are even toxic mountains with tons of e waste piled on them with nowhere else to go. But what does all that e waste do with the environment, and how is it affecting people? The dangerous metals and toxic chemicals that electronics contain does not biodegrade, which means it is not decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. Because it does not biodegrade it contaminates local groundwaters, or get absorbed into the atmosphere, therefore seriously endangering the health of nearby communities and animals. It can also release a really bad smelling gas, called methane gas, which is explosive and contributes to the greenhouse effect, the greenhouse effect is when gases such as carbon dioxide rise into the atmosphere and act like a blanket, it absorbs radiation from the Sun, but doesn’t let any radiation from the Earth out, that is a big cause for Global Warming. But with all of these different problems, how can we help solving all of this? Recycling e waste is the best way for us to help, but how can we do that? As weird as it might sound there are even e waste recycling plants/stores throughout the United States, and all you have to do is drop off your items, and as simple as that might sound, that helps the environment a lot, every little piece counts. The only reason we don’t do the recycling ourselves is because of the many challenging steps there are, like disassembling the electronic into core material and component, or at the end separating the materials in reusable and non-reusable materials, (Conserve-Energy-Future). Although that with a lot of research and practice it would be 100% possible that one could do the recycling process. As humans, it is important for us to stay alert to the increase of e waste in the world. We now have greater reason for the increase of e waste, as different companies are competing to create the best devices. Not only that, but all of that e waste is messing up with the environment, and is a big cause for global warming. Therefore our best way to help is by recycling e waste. The question now is, will we start recycling e waste because of its impacts on nature and what is doing with us?