Electrical and electronic waste can be dangerous and that's why it is very important that your business uses a professional WEEE disposal service in order to dispose of electrical and electronic waste.
5 Facts About Electrical And ElectronicWaste!
1. HOW MUCH?!
Did you know that in 2014 approximately 41.8 million tonnes (metric tons) of electronic waste was shipped to developing countries? That's about 150 times as heavy as The Empire State Building!
Additionally, it's estimated that 20 to 50 million tonnes (metric tons) of e-waste are disposed of worldwide every year. To put that into perspective, that's between 60 and 150 times as heavy as The Empire State Building!
Gold and other precious metals can be found within electrical and electronic waste. You can find small amounts of gold in computers, so this means that laptops, Smartphones and other computer products could potentially contain some gold!
There are approximately 80 million unused mobile phones in the United Kingdom. The average home in the UK has around 3 unused mobile phones!
Additionally, in the United Kingdom, approximately 15 million mobile phones are upgraded every year. This means that if you placed them on the ground, end-to-end, they would reach from John O'Groats to Lands End; that's 1,407km!
4. Danger! Danger!
Some types of electrical and electronic waste can be dangerous. Some electrical and electronic products can contain harmful materials such as arsenic, cadmium and lead.
There are numerous symptoms of lead poisoning, some of them are abdominal pain, nausea or muscle pain. However, lead can be very dangerous, it affects all of the body's organs; including the nervous system! It can cause kidney damage, cause damage to the cardiovascular system and the reproductive system!
Electrical and electronic waste can be dangerous, so make sure that your business uses a WEEE disposal from a reputable waste management professional in order to dispose of your electrical and electronic waste.
Some parts of a computer can be recycled! Materials can be extracted and recycled into something new. For example, metals could be used to make jewellery or electrical parts and plastics could potentially be used to create a wide variety of plastic items.