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WHAT IS E-WASTE

Electronic & Electrical equipments which are non-functional, surplus, end-of-life are called as “E-waste” or WEEE (Waste from Electrical & Electronic Equipments).

What comes under E-waste ?

Any equipment which requires electrical power to run is E-waste once it reaches end of life stage. Equipments used in day-to-day life like,

  • Computers
  • Laptops & Peripherals
  • Mobile Phones
  • Gaming Equipments
  • Consumer Electronics like Ovens, Washing machines, ACs, Refrigerators, TVs.
  • Medical Equipments
  • Electrical Tools
  • Lighting Equipments

 

Why E-waste is Hazardous ?

Electronic scrap components, such as CRTs, contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants which if not handled in scientific manner can prove fatal.

 

Hazardous Material Content in E-Waste

MATERIAL COMPOSITION %
Ferrous Metals 36
Aluminum 5
Copper 4
Lead 0.29
Cadmium 0.018
Mercury 0.00007
Gold 0.00024
Silver 0.0012
Palladium 0.00006
Indium 0.0005
Brominated Plastics 18
Plastics 12
Lead Glass 19
Glass 0.3
Other 5.7

 

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