Essay about Electronic Waste And E Waste

1248 Words Oct 18th, 2016 5 Pages
“Waste: damaged, defective, or superfluous material produced by a manufacturing process…” (Merriam-Webster, Waste). Using this above definition, it is possible to break into the sub-branch known as electronic waste or E-waste. Due to the current large consumerism culture, many first world countries find themselves producing an unstable amount of E-waste from the constant “upgrading” or destruction of older electronics. Further in this paper, examples of how this waste is dealt with shall be covered, with an international response to these dealings, their effects, and analysis of the global flows spawned from all of the above subjects. To show why this is a subject that every global citizen should be concerned with, this paper will start with the numbers. It is estimated that 41.8 million tonnes were produced of E-Waste in 2014 (Heacock et al., 2016). What is worse is the fact that it is predicted to rise up to 65.4 million tonnes by 2017 (Heacock et al., 2016). To put this in perspective, this is approximately 21,800,000 elephants, 961,764,706 people, or 59,329,952,554,182 paperclips. These paper clips, laid in a row, would span 14,746,369,342 miles, or lap around the Earth 's circumference 592,200 times. If the above numbers were just trash it would be alarming. E-waste though comes with its own unique set of hazards. Stephanie Tso states in the piece, Upgrading our electronics and downgrading their environment: how e-waste recycling has made China our backyard…

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