Posts Contributed By "Nadia Aleem ud Din"

  • 6 Posts in Total Contributed by Nadia Aleem ud Din
  • Impacts of e-waste on humans and environment

    AROUND 40 million metric tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is produced globally per year, and about 13 percent of that weight is recycled mostly in developing countries. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), almost 9 million tons of this waste i.e. discarded televisions, computers, cell phones, and other electronics are produced by the European Union. UNEP considers this approximation of waste to be very minimal.  Informal recycling markets in China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the Philippines handle between 50-80 percent of this e-waste, often shredding, burning, and dismantling the products in “backyards”. Emissions from these recyclin…Read More

  • E-waste hazard: The impending challenge

    Part-II HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-WASTE EEEs are made of a multitude of components, some containing toxic substances that have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. Often, these hazards arise due to the improper recycling and disposal processes used. It can have serious repercussions for those in proximity to places where e-waste is recycled or burnt. Waste from the white and brown goods is less toxic as compared with grey goods. A computer contains highly toxic chemicals like lead, cadmiu…Read More

  • E-waste hazard: The impending challenge

    Part-1 Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the rapidly growing problems of the world. E-waste comprises a multitude of components, some containing toxic substances that can have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. In India, e-waste management assumes greater significance not only due to the generation of its own e-waste but also because of the dumping of e-waste from developed countries. This is coupled with India’s lack of appropriate infrastructure and procedures for its disposal and recycling. This review article provides a concise overview of India’s current e-waste scenario, namely magnitude of the problem, environmental and hea…Read More

  • E-waste - end life of electronic equipment

    What is e-waste? Electronic waste (or e-waste) includes computers, entertainment electronics, mobile phones and other items that have reached the end of their useful life. E-waste in BC BC’s Return-It Electronics programme is a province-wide, industry-led E.P.R. recycling programme for end-of-life electronics. It is available to all consumers and businesses in British Columbia. The programme was created in response to an amendment to the provincial Recycling Regulation in February 2006 which called for the electronics industry to take responsibility for the lif…Read More

  • Elements of e-waste

    Industrial revolution followed by the advances in information technology during the last century has radically changed people’s lifestyle. Although this development has helped the human race, mismanagement has led to new problems of contamination and pollution. The technical prowess acquired during the last century has posed a new challenge in the management of wastes. For example, personal computers (PCs) contain certain components, which are highly toxic, such as chlorinated and brominated substances, toxic gases, toxic metals, biologically active materials, acids, plastics and plastic additives. The hazardous content of these materials pose an environmental and health threat. Thus p…Read More

  • E-waste - sources, historical data, effects and disposals

    GENERAL The 20th century will be marked in the human history by the impact of technological advancements in general and “big leap forward” in information and communications technology (ICT) in particular. The digital revolution, started in the late 1970s, led to explosive production and consequently to extensive use of electronic and electrical equipments in almost all of the contemporary societies all over the world, thus making the ICTs essential yet common commodities and more affordable to the end users and like all other commodities in the market economies, are being designed and manufactured such that they reach to their end of life cycle sooner. This phenomenon i…Read More