e-waste, definition of
This term doesn’t refer to all the spam filling your email box, though those messages do waste plenty of time. E-waste is actually the millions of tons of electronic products, computers, cell phones, and the like that enter the waste stream worldwide each year. As newer, better, cooler gadgets come on the market, the piles of e-waste grow ever higher. Aside from their contribution to landfills, many electronic devices contain hazardous materials, such as mercury; many also contain valuable, reusable materials that can be recycled. There are some simple ways to limit e-waste: Buy quality products that can be upgraded instead of replaced; donate old equipment (to a school for instance); and seek out recycling programs when you’re ready to dispose of an item. Also called electronic waste.
News & Blog articles where 'e-waste' used:
- Celebrate the second International E-Waste Day
Thanks to its inaugural success last year, the second International E-Waste Day will be observed on October 14, 2019. The day is meant to raise awareness for proper disposal of electrical equipment and electronic devices worldwide.[...]
- Lawmakers are pushing gadget manufacturers with the Right to Repair movement
The amount of electronics that we are throwing away each year is growing at an exponential rate, and this toxic trash is hazardous to both people and the planet...
- This eco-friendly wooden laptop is designed to curb e-waste
The innovators at iameco ("I Am Eco") have created a new sustainable laptop to accompany their lineup of eco-friendly tech, including a desktop model and computer accessories...
- Thailand bans the import of e-waste
Over the next six months, Thailand will ban the import of 432 types of scrap electronics, or e-waste. E-waste includes any device with an electric cord or battery, and recyclers often mine these trash deposits for valuable metals. But the devices can...
- Artist upcycles discarded cassette tapes into eco-friendly MusicCloth
When Singaporean artist and founder of Rehyphen® Jessica Chuan Yi Xin stumbled upon a stash of forgotten cassette tapes in her room, she brainstormed a way to reuse the material rather than contribute to the growing problem of e-waste...
- This jewelry is made with upcycled gold from Dell computers
Did you know that there's gold and silver in your computer? These precious metals end up in landfills when people don't recycle their laptops and other electronics...
- Ore Streams: Studio Formafantasma creates striking furniture from salvaged e-waste
Millions of tons of e-waste clog up our landfills every year, but Studio Formafantasma is on a mission to breathe new life into the world's discarded electronics...
- New biodegradable semiconductor could make e-waste a thing of the past
50 million tons of electronics are expected to be trashed this year, according to a United Nations Environment Program report. A Stanford University team was concerned over the escalating epidemic of e-waste, so they created a semiconductor - a component...
- Apple announces goal to make products from 100% recycled materials
The electronics industry is notoriously harsh on the planet. Around 60 million metric tons of e-waste end up in landfills each year, and children are sometimes put to work to mine necessary rare earth elements. Technology giant Apple aims to fix these...
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