E-WASTE AND ITS IMPACTS

Pammi Gauba, AISHWARYA SHARMA, GAURISHA SINGH

Abstract


The discarded electronic items and gadgets which possesses no use are describes as electronic waste or e-waste. Exposure to these is disastrous due to the presence of hazardous and non – biodegradable substances present in them. The rate of generation of e-waste is not only a problem of both developing and developed countries. The exposure of e-waste causes various diseases such as hard metal lung diseases, berylliosis, Minamata disease, itai-itai disease etc. The hazardous components of e-waste not only affect human lives but also result in environmental degradation causing air, water and soil pollution. These consequences can be attributed to the dangerous discharges of lead, mercury, cadmium, etc. from the waste. Landfilling, incineration, recycling and bioremediation are some of the techniques used to treat e-waste. This review article overviews the scenario of e-waste generation, the health and environmental consequences caused and mechanisms to treat the e-waste production. 


Keywords


E-waste, scenario, hard metal lung disease, berylliosis, E-waste treatment,bioremediation,

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