Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reduce; Re-use and Recycle are tips for Electronic Waste (E-waste) reduction management-Dr.Arun Senthilram.

Dr.Arun Senthilram

Trichy, October 15:2011: Reduce; Re-use and Recycle are tips for e-waste reduction management said Dr.Arun Senthilram South India Coordinator of Toxics Link while speaking to the pressmen in Trichy District Press club on Friday. Dr.Arun Senthilram mentioned that Toxics Link Organisation undertakes a pilot Project in Trichy and Coimbatore of creating awareness on E-Waste Management among school students organizing seminars through IEC approach. Dr.Arun Senthilram continued, “A combination of greater affordability and a constant turnover in new computer technology is contributing to an e-waste problem never before encountered in India, leading to some serious thinking on how to manage a solution. “E-waste" is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life. "E-wastes are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous, depending on their condition and density. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment. Discarded computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, electric lamps, cell phones, audio equipment and batteries if improperly disposed can leach lead and other substances into soil and groundwater. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner so that they are less harmful to the ecosystem. Many of us are buying more and more electrical products which often have quite a short lifespan in our homes. The waste that these products create when they are no longer wanted is called e-waste.E-waste is now the fastest growing area of waste in the globe. If we send e-waste to landfill, we waste valuable resources that can be recycled from electronic equipment. We also put the environment at risk because toxic elements in e‑waste such as mercury and lead can leak into the soil and groundwater and enter our food chains if not disposed of in an appropriate way. Before we buy another electronic product, we need to think several times about whether we really need it, whether it can be upgraded, re-used or recycled, and if not, how to dispose of it properly. Rethinking what we buy, refusing to buy into the latest fad and reducing our consumption can have a big effect on our e-waste footprint, as well as our home entertainment and home office expenses. When we really need something new, think about who could benefit and re-use our old technology and appliances. We can give our old technology and appliances to someone who needs it. Recycling plays a vital role in e-waste Management. Computers, televisions and other technology are made up of many recyclable components. When we recycle, we stop solid and hazardous waste going to landfill saves resources which can be used to manufacture new products, and reduce the use of raw materials.” Dr.Arun Senthilram mentioned that Toxics Link in collaboration with Trichy media studies and School authorities has launched school awareness program initially in 25 schools of Trichy city on E-Waste reduction Management.-Govin

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