Should E-waste be a concern?

2022-10-19 09:21:10 BdST

2024-05-18 12:16:23 BdST

Published: 2022-10-19 09:21:10 BdST


Although there is no clear definition for e-waste, electronic waste or e-waste is electrical or electronic devices closing their useful life. Discarded electronic products like mobile phones, computers, and televisions are common e-waste. Used electronics going for refurbishment, reuse, and recovery are also considered e-waste. E-waste contains toxic components that are dangerous for the environment and human health. 

According to International Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment forum, 5.3 billion mobile phones will be thrown away only this year. Many people like to keep their old smartphones rather than recycle them. It is estimated that more than 15 billion mobile phones worldwide are not in their useful life. Total e-waste, including smartphones and other electronics, can be 74 million tonnes by 2030. Experts think these electronic devices can be used to make new electronic devices. 


According to a recent study published in a peer-reviewed journal, Bangladesh produces 3 million metric tons of e-waste annually. A proper recycling plan is needed for this much e-waste. 


E-waste contains toxic chemicals and heavy metals that pollute soil, air, and water. However, it can be a resource through proper waste management. 

So, it can be an excellent solution to recycle used electronic devices than make them very complex waste. 


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