The gadgets like iPhone, iPads, laptops etc. that we used today were made of minerals that we get from the lands riches. To create an electronic device it would consumes lots of gold and silver and only a portion of this mineral goes to the gadgets and the rest is thrown in the garbage as rubbish and sometimes together with the gadget and by throwing them in bins we forget one thing and that is e-recycling.
Every year billions of silver and gold were used to manufacture high tech personal computers, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets. Only a 15% of this is recycled once they were thrown and not needed anymore. Dumping grounds for the electronic are 40 times richer in precious metals than is mined out of the ground because of this serious problems in our minerals many developed countries are actively recycled their e-waste. Also developing countries are following their footsteps in recycling but a much lower success rate due to inefficient processes but it is ok than we don’t do anything about it. In the long run we can resolve this problem and Just we keep on improving our recycling methods.
Recycling of precious metals from discarded electronics is a serious matter because there are toxic or harmful chemicals in the manufacture and operation. It is harmful to everyone if not done with utmost care.
In contrast to the limited success in recovering precious metals, a global recycling firm, MBA Polymers, gives an example of what they have accomplished in the plastics industry. Chris Slijkhuis explained that one ton of plastic created through recycling takes one tenth as much water and energy as new plastic and produces one to three tons less of carbon dioxide (CO2), known as the malevolent greenhouse gas. Alexis Vandendaelen of Umicore Precious Metals Refining in Belgium said, “Rather than looking at e-waste as a burden, we need to see it as an opportunity,”
“We need to recover rare elements to continue manufacturing IT products, batteries for electric cars, solar panels, flat-screen televisions and other increasingly popular products,” said Dr. Kuehr of the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany.
He also pointed out that unrecovered e-waste carries potential environmental and health hazards. Other metals used in networking equipment, circuit boards and other electronics include copper, palladium, platinum, and lesser known materials ruthenium and iridium.
Many organizations are attempting to improve the commercial situation through education and cooperation between industry and government.
It is always been said that great power comes great responsibility. We should be responsible for every act that we do because it will come back to harm us, maybe not now but in the near future. We should be more aware of the harmful effect that it will bring to us once we disposed them the wrong way so make the best of its used before we disposed them.