Electronic Waste Management and Treatment

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Introduction: One of the fastest growing solid waste in USA and the world is used electronic equipment. With everyday growth in electronic technology and its wide use in the industry, our everyday life gets easier. This day to day use of technological equipment like cell phones, GPS, CRT or even batteries has made our lives very dependent on the need for fast growth of technology and new designs. These new designs and the fast growth is the cause of early obsolescence for electronic devices. Usually Excess of electronic devices is shuffled together, and is called E-waste by the EPA and some public environmental agencies. Electronic waste has become a major problem in many developed countries and has a huge environmental impact now and in the future. CRTs (cathode ray tube) are amongst the toughest kinds of E-waste to recycle. Regulation and laws in regard of solid and hazardous wastes are applied under the supervision of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) (1). (Photo from Google Image) United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declares that almost two percent of solid waste stream in US is E-waste (3). This may be a small percentage of the total solid waste stream for now, but the fast growth of electronic industry and a drop in the price of consumer electronics with new technologies has to be counted for the future. This E-waste represents a major percentage of the nation's hazardous waste. Electronic devices contain many different hazardous materials like: Lead, mercury, cadmium and brominated flame-retardants. Inappropriate methods for handling the discarded electronics can release hazardous chemicals which can affect human health and the environment. For controlling the E-waste problem we should k... ... middle of paper ... ...V6CVJBznN597pGmy-qyw&sig2=xirrsdoXxgnoKwZv5ZO9oQ&bvm=bv.62922401,d.aWM 3- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, SOLID AND HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT, DIVISION OF COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL AND WASTE ENFORCEMENT, Electronic Waste Management Rules Proposed Amendments: N.J.A.C. 7:26-2.8(s), N.J.A.C. 7:26A-1.1, and 1.3 Proposed New Rules: N.J.A.C. 7:26A-13 Authorized By: Bob Martin, Commissioner Department of Environmental Protection 4- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste 5- http://www.prlog.org/11708649-5-stages-of-the-plastic-recycling-process.html 6- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_recycling 7- http://www.all-recycling-facts.com/glass-recycle.html 8- http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/RecyclingMetal.php 9-http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/Recycling/Ewaste/HazardsofEwaste.aspx
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