E-waste stands for “electronic waste”. It includes all appliances that have wires, plugs or run on batteries and are broken or outdated. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished or recycled. Things like computers and cellphones have rare metals and dangerous toxins in them that leak into the soil when they’re tossed in landfills, making them very bad for the environment.
Richer countries ship piles of e-waste to China and India for recycling. But because there is so much of it, recycling plants don’t have enough space and lots of it ends up in landfills. It’s our responsibility to think carefully about how we dispose of electronic items. It might be easy to just throw your old gaming console in the bin, but remember this planet has to last for future generations too.
As eco-warriors, we know that there’s always an eco-friendly way to deal with unwanted things. Lots of e-waste can actually be reused. What can you do? Simple, just recycle!