E-Waste Impacts the World!
So what's being done about it?
Measures to reduce the Impact on the Environment and Human Health
What is the world doing?
- Education is the best tool. The media is taking an interest in e-waste. Many companies have taken an initiative in creating informative videos, such as The Story of Stuff, giving people a new perspective on waste disposal. Once people realize there is a problem, they become more conscious of how they buy, use and dispose of electronics.
- Green IT or green computing is the study and practice of creating environmentally sustainable IT or computing. The goal is to design and manufacture more eco-friendly technology.
- Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) is a company that has recycling centres world -wide and is dedicated to the proper handling of e-waste.
What is Canada doing?
- Canada has regulations called the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations (EIHWHRMR). This keeps Canada’s mess in Canada forcing citizens to deal with the problem they created. It also stops e-waste from being transported to recycling centres in third world countries that do not have the means for proper handling of hazardous material.
- Canada uses Energy Star to indicate high-efficiency products. Energy performance is tested and certified.
What are schools doing?
- Schools across the GTA have environmental policies in place. Some schools also have recycling bins for batteries and/or used phones, making e-waste recycling more accessible to students.
- Gonzaga has an Environmental SHSM program for students pursuing careers in the environmental field. Hopefully they will go on to contributing solutions to reducing the impact of electronics on our world. In addition, Gonzaga has an environmental club called Green Scene which strives to create an eco friendly school environment.
What can you do on your own?
- Turn off your computer when not in use.
- When buying a new computer consider a laptop instead of a desktop. It uses less energy.
- Buy Energy Star qualified products.
- Recycle your old electronics!But make sure the plant you recycle your electronics at is recycles properly and does not ship the e-waste to third world countries.