Recycling Electronics

By: Caroline LaRusso

World War 1 War Efforts

In World War one there were many things that could be saved and helped the war effort and back then they would save everything and they would give it to the people that make weapons and things because they will be able to make them and make sure that they get to the war and our people that are fighting in the war. They would recycle everything and and they would do thins thing called scraping and it was to help the war and Im sure that it saved many lives and it was defiantly a great way of doing things because they never took anything and wasted it and they always wanted to help other countries no matter how bad they hurt our country and I just think that shows that we are very strong and can take anything that they can throw at us.
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The picture above is of a mountain of recycling. This shows a VERY small percent of the things that are recycling but there are still many things that are still not being recycling and that really needs to change.

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Electronic waste accumulates 3 times faster than the normal household trash does in the world and could get bigger in the future as the population grows. Author Elizabeth Royte (2009) states, “Researchers at Carnegie Melon University estimate that at least 60 million PCs have already been buried in landfills, and according to the National Safety Council, nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete between 2004 and 2009, or 136,000 a day.” In addition to waste concerns, exposure to some of the metals and other materials used to make computers is also a concern. This includes monitors with desktop computers, a cathode ray tube in this certain type of device contains eight pounds of lead. This is also including CRT televisions (Royte, 2009) This can be a hazard to the human and animal populations in the world. Americans are shipping their e-waste overseas. This is a major concern to the health of people in these countries. America is the biggest producer of e-waste but they don't always keep the waste in the United States. The United States sends at least seventy-five percent of their e-waste to Asia. This is dangerous for the people in other continents. These people are unskilled and unprotected and have to disassemble our old machines and devices by hand. This exposes them to all the dangerous chemicals and metals that are found in these old devices (Chopra, 2009). One of the countries that handles our e-waste is India. Most of the time these electronics are dumped in landfills or incinerated, this means burned. This releases poisons into the soil and the air and makes people sick. They can get cancer, have birth defects and brain problems from disposing of this e-waste. A global company on toxic waste trade based in Seattle counts around seventy-five to eighty percent of older machines from the United States end up in many Asian countries, such as India and China, because of the fact that their recycling costs are much lower. This equals between forty-five and fifty million tons each and every year (Chopra, 2009).