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Will Tech Firms Resolve E-Waste Issue?

All tech companies, these days, want to convince their customers that their products are environmentally friendly. One example is iPhone 12 products without chargers. This is while each year these firms offer new models to customers who throw out their old phones to get new ones. Gartner, IT service management company, announced that customers bought some 153 million cellphones in one year (2019). Also, in 2018, purchasers kept their phones for a duration of 2 years, and it’s predicted that the time span will decrease as they will turn into updated 5G phones. The cofounder and CEO of iFixit, Kyle Wiens, said there’s no equipment to cast off phones, crush them and use them in new devices; so, we don’t know what to do with phones that are left out. Research by Global E-Waste Monitor revealed that in 2019 nearly 6.9 million metric tons of electronic waste was collected only in the U.S., only some 15% of which was stored to recycle. The issue of e-waste will be there unless companies like Samsung, Apple and others come up with a solution for e-waste. Customers, too, will have to change their attitude to not let go of their phones too soon. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Rwanda's Success in E-waste Management

Rwanda, the first African country to inhibit hazardous plastic bags, is now practicing another way to protect the environment. After regulations and legislation procedures, the country is taking great steps to eradicate or recycle e-waste materials. With its cutting-edge e-waste demolition facility, the country is fighting waste generation. A role model for the countries in the African continent, Rwanda is fighting junk electronic masses. Electronic waste, or simply e-waste, is an industry dealing with dumps in electronic devices. As the name suggests the waste is from any electric devices from home appliances to digital products and lights. Management of electronic waste is a great policy practiced in few African countries. E-waste in Africa is basically thrown away in landfills, or dumped and burned; however, heavy hazardous metals have posed a serious threat to the environment. The policy, approved in 2016, offers guidelines for managing e-waste in offices and institutions, apart from reuse and recycling plans. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

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