Do you remember where you disposed your last phone, computer or even television remote? You might not have considered this before but if you threw it in the junk or gave it to the ‘raddi wala’ you’re most likely responsible for spreading e-waste in the country. With the blooming increase in electronic gadgets including I-pads, tablets, mobile phones, smart T.V.’s, and computer devices, the e-pollution has increased to an alarming rate. With the increase of tech-updates, this issue has become more serious than ever before and requires our attention.
E-waste or electronic waste is a result of disposing off electronics after they are used. 46% of the e-waste from developed countries is exported to Pakistan. This waste has adverse effects on the environment. This E-waste contains mercury, lead, and other harmful elements which can lead to cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, Tuberculosis, and damage to the DNA. Child laborers are affected the most by the e-waste. Your extra gadget might seem harmless, but it can be responsible for causing Tuberculosis to a 14-year-old.
Try to extend the life of your electronics by taking extra care of them. Keep them in a case when not using and avoid over-charging. When you’re disposing off your working electronics, consider donating them to underprivileged students. It will contribute both towards the society and environment. The Government also needs to set new recycling policies and set-up e-recycling units.
These are some of the measures you can take along with education the people about this hostile issue. Let’s start with small steps before it’s too late.