Digital Waste

By Liam Dixon

What is Digital Waste?

In this day and age, technology changes very quickly and everyone always wants the newest technology. But what happens with the old technology?

Where it Goes

When a consumer is finished with a piece of technology or that technology is broken it disposed of. Unfortunately the way it is disposed of is, the majority of the times, not very safe. Often times it is sent over seas to be broken down for valuable materials. The processes used to strip the electronics, a slow burning, of valuable material can be extremely dangerous to both the environment and the people around where the fires lit. Many pieces of technology contain materials that can be harmful to humans such as lead. When the devices are broken down some of these materials can get into the air and the water. Making it to dangerous to use for drinking.