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WHAT IS e-WASTE? (Discarded/EOL electronics)

Since the 1980’s, with the development of consumer-oriented electrical and electronic technologies, countless units of electric and electronic equipment (EEE) have been sold to the consumer.

When electronic products become obsolete and are ready for disposal, they are known as e-waste.

Whether generated at home/office, e-waste is most rapidly growing waste problem in the world (20-50 million t/y (UN))

Information technology and electronic industry are the world’s largest and fastest growing manufacturing industries.

But to date, industry, government and consumers have only taken small steps to deal with this looming problem.

Developed countries that use most of the world’s electronic products, generate most of the e-waste,  and tried to solve this problem by exporting hazardous e-waste to the poor countries in Asia and Africa.

E-waste is the inevitable product of a technological revolution.

As a consequences of this alarming growth, combined with rapid product obsolescence, discarded

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