Electronic recycling is similar to the traditional recycling of metals, paper, and plastics. The only difference is that electronic recycling is not always convenient for everyone. However, electronic recycling is very important nowadays, mainly because of the growing problem caused by electronic waste.
This electronic waste is a collection of electronic items that are improperly disposed of. People tend to throw cell phones, televisions, printers, and other electronic devices that are composed of nonferrous metals directly go to landfills to create environmental problems.
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Most of the electronic devices that we use on a daily basis contain a lot of toxic substances such as cadmium, barium, lead, and mercury which have serious impacts on the environment. These harmful elements can enter the soil and reach our water supply and food chain, causing serious health problems.
Health Problems Can Lead To Electronic Waste:
The cathode rays in computer monitors and televisions contain large amounts of lead, while LCD panels contain mercury. The circuits on electronic boards are rich in copper, chromium, and pollution, while the everyday batteries we use contain hazardous metals such as lithium, cadmium, silver, lead, and nickel.
Inhalation of cadmium can cause lung damage and possibly death, while lead attacks the nervous system in both children and adults. When children ingest large amounts of lead through food and water, they can develop blood anemia, severe stomach pain, kidney damage, muscle weakness, and even brain damage that can lead to death.