Most of our waste ranging from small piece of papers to small home appliances goes for burning which release climate change gases and pollute the soil and water. In case of big home appliances such as TV, AC, refrigerator and other electronic goods , people generally hand over it to kabadiwalas in exchange of money. These electronic goods which are discarded are used by these informal people for metal extraction. These e-wastes contain many rare earth metals and precious metals and the people process it in unscientific manner but extract metals. During these process, toxic gases are released which harms the people who are in direct touch and spread out in atmosphere to affect the masses at large.
Environmental contamination due to rapid growing e-waste problems, the quality of life is being affected. The technological advancement is inevitable and generation of discarded electronic is already known to consumer. Here consumer finds himself in conflict between the interest of modern societal structure and quality of life they avail. Answer to this conflict is sustainable use & development. The sustainable treatment to e-waste will ensure its sound management whereas sustainability behavior of all stakeholders with these e-wastes ensures pragmatic tool to save mankind from toxic effect of e-waste. Recycling is basic for green life, which is totally focused on circular technology advancement where least is thrown off but used for fullest sustainable advantage. When we call recycling simply it is the process of making or manufacturing new products from a product that has originally served its purpose when these used products are disposed of in an appropriate, environmentally friendly way, then we say recycling has been adopted. Technically, recycling is the process of separating, collecting and re-manufacturing or converting waste products into new materials.Recycling helps extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its initial purpose by producing something that is useable. Recycling is important for a number of reasons. One of the most obvious reasons lies in reducing the amount of natural resources that are consumed for every new product. Since recycling is conserving energy the process produces a smaller carbon footprint, thereby helping the environment. The recycling process prevents water as well as air pollution while forbidding the garbage build up accompanied by landfill proliferation.Recycling e-waste helps the environment. By recycling e-waste, we can help in maintaining the natural constitution of earth core. Products made from raw materials that came from our natural resources should be recycled so that we can preserve the environment. And save the earth. It takes less energy to process recycled materials than to process virgin materials. For example, it takes a lot less energy to recycle computer to extract metals than to dig new sources. The energy from transporting virgin materials from the source is also saved. Saving energy also has its own benefits like decreasing pollution. This creates less stress on own health and our economy. By saving energy in industrial production through recycling, the greenhouse gas emissions from factories and industrial plants are lessened and the use of fuels that emit harmful gasses during production is also minimized.
Recycling non-biodegradable waste will contribute a lot to help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses that depletes the ozone layer. Landfills are mostly composed of non-biodegradable waste which takes long time to decompose. Most of informal plastics as residue of e-waste goes to landfill and they remain buried their due to its non-degradable character. If we restrict and check their flow to landfill by recycling it will prevent soil pollution. Recycling provides ways to save money. You can sell e-waste to organizations that are willing to buy it. Using products that are recycled lessens expenses. Products that are made from recycled materials are less expensive than products made from fresh materials.
Besides the direct impact of effective recycling on the resource base of the recycled metals, recycling operation also considerably contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Primary production, i.e. mining, concentrating, smelting and refining, especially of precious and special metals has a significant carbon dioxide (CO2) impact due to the low concentration of these metals in the ores and often difficult mining conditions. “Mining” our old computers to recover the contained metals – if done in an environmentally sound or correct manner – needs only a fraction of energy compared to mining ores in nature. So recycling generates a huge prospect in an technology based society to combat against e-waste havoc which is inevitable. Apart recycling creates an opportunity where the government and private companies both can work together or independently towards profit generation, saving environment and providing employment opportunity to unemployed. Recycling promotes green economy model where reduction in carbon footprint supports growth of nation. Human civilization needs an early wake up and understanding about adverse impacts of e-waste on mankind and develop a electronic ethics to behave with these life easy makers otherwise life may be dreadful for us and next-generation.