The eWaste problem
STOP PRESS: The overwhelming evidence of human-caused climate change documents current impacts with significant costs and extraordinary future risks to society and natural systems. The scientific community has convened conferences, published reports, spoken out at forums and proclaimed, through statements by virtually every national scientific academy and relevant major scientific organization — including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) —(pfd) that climate change puts the well-being of people of all nations at risk. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013 report. Download the report here >>
The increase in consumer demand for state of the art, latest models and labour saving technology electrical and electronic items such as computers, flat screen televisions, dishwashers, mobile phones and other devices has escalated at an alarming rate; current reports estimate that up to 50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated worldwide every year.
While we cannot solve the international problem, we must be part of the solution. E-WISE is committed to addressing New Zealand’s e-Waste problem and control the international e-Waste footprint leaving our shores.
Given the high toxicity of components when burnt, disposed of, or recycled in uncontrolled environments, e-Waste can result in significant damage to human health and the environment. Our modern society must now find safe, effective and economical ways to managing the waste streams. This requires significant investment by governments and individuals in technology and education through public awareness. At E-WISE we have found ways of dealing with this problem in a safe and environmentally friendly way. It time to get on board and keep all those electrical items off landfill and reuse them.