E-waste rising in Asia [2017/02/15 10:19]

E-waste rising in Asia

Electronic waste is increasing sharply across Asia as higher income levels allow hundreds of millions of people to purchase smartphones and other electronic gadgets.

Yet, this leaves serious consequences for human health and the environment, says a UN study released recently.

So-called e-waste in Asia has jumped 63 percent in the past five years, the report by the United Nations University showed.

The global organization warned of a need for keener recycling method.

China has seen its e-waste doubled between 2010 and 2015 and Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan were also big e-waste dumpers.

Each Hong Kong person generated an average of 21.7 kilograms of e-waste in 2015 whereas Singapore and Taiwan generated just over 19 kilograms per person during the same period.

What is Electronic waste?
Electronic waste or e-waste refers to discarded electrical or electronic devices.

The increasing amount of electronic waste is a huge environmental problem as discarding it can bring about significant safety issues.

Electronic scrap components, such as CPUs, contain potentially harmful components such as lead and cadmium. Exposure to these heavy metals in landfills can degrade people’s health.
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