E-WASTE AND ITS COMPONENTS CASE STUDY • OVERVIEW • PHOTO FACTS ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • CITIZEN • GOVERNMENT
E-WASTE AND ITS COMPONENTSSubstances found in large quantities are •Fibers •Plastics •PCBs •PVCs •Resins •Light MetalsElements found in small quantities •MercuryElements found in trace amounts •Heavy metals
CASE STUDY-OVERVIEW CHINA World’s Second Largest E-Waste Producing Country CHINA PRODUCES MORE THAN 1 MILLION TONS OF E-WASTE EVERY YEAR. CHINA IMPORTED 70% OF GLOBAL E-WASTE EVERY YEAR. IN CHINA, AFTER EARNING PROFIT WITH E-WASTE PEOPLE THREW GARBAGE TO LAND AND RIVERS.
CASE STUDY-OVERVIEW LEAD CONTENT OF MOST OF THE SURFACE WATER AND SHALLOW GROUNDWATER IN SOME PLACES OF CHINA HAS EXCEEDED TWICE THAN THE SAFETY STANDARD, UNABLE TO DRINK . HEALTH OF LOCAL RESIDENTS HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY DAMAGED IN SOME PLACE OF CHINA REPORT FROM UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) SHOWS THAT IN 2020 COMPUTER’S E-WASTE IN CHINESE MARKET WILL INCREASE BY 400% COMPARED TO THAT OF 2007. THE LARGE AMOUNT OF ELECTRONIC WASTE MAKE CHINA HAS TO FACE UPCOMING ENVIRONMENT DISASTER.
CASE STUDY-PHOTO FACTS The picture shows June 1, 2009, a electronic waste dismantling area in an industrial park of Taizhou City. The picture shows April 17, 2007,Guangdong Guiyu, a migrant workerwas burning a circuit board with fire.
CASE STUDY-PHOTO FACTS The picture shows 26 May 2005, a woman sitting on a pile of electronic waste was feeding her children.The picture shows the December 18, 2010, Chongqing, a worker was burning e-waste by the river
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (CITIZEN)While buying electronic products, opt for those that: Use recycled content Utilize minimal packaging Offer leasing or take back options Customers should have been certified by regulatory authorities. Opt for upgrading their computers or other electronic items to the latest versions rather than buying new equipments.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (GOVERNMENT)The steps taken by China Govt. in order to reduce thee-waste are: It has banned e-waste import, in 2002. In 2009, Beijing set up e-waste sorting centers. To process e-waste trash stations are opened. Taken the initiative to check e-waste generators. Use of labeled materials has been made mandatory. Taken initiative on public awareness.
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