Electronic waste or “e-waste” is a term that covers almost all types of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) that has or could enter the waste stream. Although e-waste is a general term, it can be considered to cover Laptops, desktop-computers, mobile phones, TVs, and other home-appliances (fridge, washing machine, dryer, home entertainment system, stereo system etc.) which has a circuit, electrical component, power or battery supply. In simple words, electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete and have essentially reached the end of their useful life are called as electronic waste.
As technology is advancing at such a high pace, many electronic devices are becoming “trash” even after a few years of use. Therefore, anything that has a wire, a plug, a battery or runs on electricity that you probably aren’t going to use ever again comprises of Electronic waste.
- High-risk backyard operation
- Missing efficient and environmentally sound technology
- Women and children employed
- Occupational and environmental hazards
- Loss of resources due to inefficient processes
- Impacts mostly on vulnerable social groups- Migrant laborers bear the brunt.