What is E-Waste?
Electronic waste (E-waste) is any electronic equipment that is discarded in the garbage. When this waste gets to our landfills; the deadly chemicals they contain seep into the water system and when incinerated these chemicals get released into the air. Due to the fact that there are no records, no research has been done, but we can accurately speculate that multitude of lives have been affected and cut short and numerous societal ills-in the form of diseases, cancer and birth defects - have resulted over time, due to our practice of dumping electronic waste into our landfills.
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"A life is terrible thing to waste"
Electronic Waste (e-waste) is being dumped into our landfills. This waste contains toxic chemicals that seep into the earth thereby contaminating our water supply. When incinerated, the atmosphere gets polluted with these contaminants. Researchers have proven that e-waste causes minor, serous and detrimental health complications. E-waste is not like any other waste, it contains hazardous and toxic substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium, to name a few. When incinerated, it produces other toxins such as dioxin, furan, and brominated flame retardants. Some electronic equipment has nearly 36 chemical elements, according to researchers. Bioaccumulation, we are told, occurs when people, plants and animals build up levels of toxic substances in their bodies faster than the can get rid of them, and biomagnifications occurs when toxin levels accumulate within the food chain. Plankton, for example, might absorb low levels of mercury. Then fish that eat large amounts of plankton ingest an even larger, unhealthier dose. The problem continues as birds or humans eat the mercury-tainted fish.
The cause of this societal ill is the fact that there is no separation and recycling of waste on the island. The lack of an e-waste management, collections/separation facility has resulted in waste being collected and dumped together, in our landfills. The population needs to be educated as to the dangers of this practice, and there needs to be a functional e-waste management facility on the island.