Electronic waste or "e-waste" is a waste type consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic device, such as computers, entertainment devices, mobile phones, and other items. Recyclable electronic waste is sometimes further categorized as a commodity while electronics which cannot be reused are distinguished as "e-waste".
Rapid technology change, low initial cost, and planned obsolescence have resulted in a fast growing problem around the globe. E-waste has raised concern because many components of such equipment are considered toxic and are not biodegradable. If treated properly, electronic waste is a valuable source for secondary raw materials. However, if not treated properly, it is a major source of toxins and carcinogens.
See also REUSING
Fact: E-waste accounts for 140,000 tonnes (or 4.5 kg per capita) of waste each year in Canada.
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