E-waste largely contains plastic, precious metals and toxic chemicals. Disposing e-waste responsibly helps to recycle plastic, extract metals for reuse, and treat toxic chemicals, such as lead, in a safe facility. Recycling e-waste ensures that dangerous elements are treated properly and resources are conserved.
In India, over 90% of e-waste ends up in landfills or the informal sector where it is burnt or melted with acid. When e-waste is burnt or dumped in landfills, it releases harmful chemicals, such as cadmium, which adversely impacts human health and surrounding lands. As our planet has limited resources, it is essential for us to conserve natural elements through recycling and reuse. Hence, e-waste needs to be managed in a safe environment by experts.