Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
and its parts that have been discarded by its owner as waste without the intent of re-use.
50 Million tons of e-waste will be generated this year, according to an investigation made
by The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability. The
pollution generated by e-waste is a real problem that affects directly to the environment and
the whole world in different aspects.
E-waste is one of the most hazard and polluting wastes generated by the industries, due the
risks that can affect people’s health and create environmental ecocides, this can happen
owing to elements like mercury, cadmium and lead to mention a few of many that
computers, phones, laptops, printers, keyboards, and all electric and electronic devices
The definition of e-waste is very broad. It covers six waste categories:
Temperature exchange equipment, more commonly
referred to as cooling and freezing equipment. Typical
equipment includes refrigerators, freezers, air
conditioners, and heat pumps.
Screens, monitors. Typical equipment includes
televisions, monitors, laptops, notebooks, and tablets.
Lamps. Typical equipment includes fluorescent lamps,
high intensity discharge lamps, and LED lamps.
Large equipment. Typical equipment includes washing
machines, clothes dryers, dishwashing machines, electric
stoves, large printing machines, copying equipment, and
Small equipment. Typical equipment includes vacuum
cleaners, microwaves, ventilation equipment, toasters,
electric kettles, electric shavers, scales, calculators, radio
sets, video cameras, electrical and electronic toys, small
electrical and electronic tools, small medical devices,
small monitoring and control instruments.
Small IT and telecommunication equipment. Typical
equipment includes mobile phones, Global Positioning
Systems (GPS), pocket calculators, routers, personal
computers, printers, and telephones.
Since technology is daily growing and upgrading there are steps and things we can do to
become more environmental-responsible and at the same time you can even make money
by following the “Three R’s of Environment”.