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What is e-waste? And how do we dispose of it?

E-waste is electronic products that are unwanted, not working, and nearing or at the end of their “useful life.” Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are everyday electronic products.

The ongoing challenge of how best to dispose of used and unwanted electronics isn’t a new one and dates back at least to the 1970s. But a lot has changed since then, particularly the number of electronics being discarded today.

E-waste Defined

E-waste is any electrical or electronic equipment that’s been discarded. This includes working and broken items that are thrown in the garbage or donated to a charity reseller like Goodwill. Often, if the item goes unsold in the store, it will be thrown away. E-waste is particularly dangerous due to toxic chemicals that naturally leach from the metals inside when buried.

List of Common E-waste Items:

Home Appliances

  • Microwaves
  • Home Entertainment Devices
  • Electric cookers
  • Heaters
  • Fans
  • DVDs
  • Blu Ray
  • Players Stereos
  • Televisions
  • Video Game
  • Systems Fax machines

Communications and IT Devices

  • Cell phones
  • Smartphones
  • Desktop Computers
  • Computer Monitors
  • Laptops
  • Circuit boards
  • Hard Drives
  • Network Hardware (i.e. servers, switches, hubs, etc.)
  • Power Strips & Power Supplies
  • Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS Systems) Power Distribution Systems (PDU’s)

Electronic Utilities

  • Massage Chairs
  • Heating Pads
  • Remote Controls
  • Television Remotes
  • Electrical Cords
  • Lamps
  • Smart Lights
  • Night Lights
  • Treadmills
  • FitBits
  • Smart Watches
  • Heart Monitors
  • Diabetic Testing Equipment

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