E-waste is an issue of increasing concern in North America. This is a very difficult waste to manage so many people just throw it in with regular trash. The older electronic components of computers, TVs, printers, and phones are often discarded in landfills.
E-waste presents many challenges as it contains a wide range of chemicals and toxic substances that can be leaked into the environment. It is currently not possible to determine the full extent of the danger posed by waste pollution. These types of pollution are making an impact on the environment today, according to studies.
Inflammation And Oxidation
E-waste is creating almost 50,000,000 tons each year. It’s important that we consider the potential dangers of toxic organic particles found in E-waste. Because there are few regulations regarding E-waste disposal, most of the E-waste found in landfills is exported to China or Africa. Oxidation can cause tissue damage to the lungs, which can result in further breakdown of the materials.
The P53 gene
E-waste can also affect the expression of P53 genes. This gene is often a marker for cancer growth. However, prolonged exposure to toxic substances in E-waste could cause it to become overactive.
Toxic Metals and Child Development
Components and cables are burned away in the cheapest E-waste recycling centers to expose copper and other valuable metals. Exposure to hazardous substances in the code can often leave trace amounts of heavy metals in the atmosphere. This can put children at risk of developing neurological problems, digestive problems, and immune problems. E-waste has been linked to thyroid dysfunction, birth defects, and behavioral changes.
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is a R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for electronic recycling in Tampa.