E-Waste Hazards in Hyderabad
E-Waste is classified as hazardous waste due to its toxic ingredients, including heavy metals and harmful chemicals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic etc., with the potential to pollute the environment and damage human health when it is processed, recycled or disposed of using informal processes.
Hazards of E-Waste
Numerous electronic gadgets, including PCs, laptops, DVDs, MP3 players, printers, mobile phones, washing machines, home appliances, televisions and other equipments, are bought and sold every day. Although most of them constitute an indispensable part of our everyday lives, their hazardous effects on the environment and health cannot be overlooked. Once these electronic equipments become obsolete, they are dumped into landfills, making them hazardous for the environment. In landfills, E-waste represents 2% of trash but equals to 70% of overall toxic waste.