E-waste - Transcript
E-waste is electronic equipment that is no longer useful and has been thrown away. It includes many of the things we use every day, such as cell phones, computers, televisions and refrigerators.
E-waste contains many valuable materials, such as gold, silver, copper, and platinum. However, these are often lost when e-waste is thrown away. The problem is getting worse every year. In fact, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be more than 70 million tons of e-waste in the world!
Many countries have strict rules about how e-waste should be handled. Unfortunately, some countries do not have a plan for dealing with e-waste safely. As a result, much of their e-waste is burned or gets dumped into rivers or lakes. There it causes serious damage to the environment and human health.