E-waste and the Environment

Many of the chemicals in our electronic trash are toxic. So by turning them into something useful -- repairing them, or using the parts for your makerspace projects--you can prevent these toxins from poisoning people and the planet. However it is inevitable that some of the parts will have to be tossed away. So here are some things to be aware about when you make those (hopefully few!) disposals.

1) How do e-waste toxins get into our bodies? You might think that once you send them off to the dump, they are gone forever. But they can "leach" into the water system, fly into the air as ash, and take other routes right back to us.

2) Batteries: you can make lots of cool projects by recycling rechargeable batteries from old laptops and other appliances. But eventually rechargeable batteries will no longer hold a charge, and they often contain some of the most toxic chemicals. Both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries need to be disposed of properly.

Bibliography

Towards the sustainable management of electronic waste in Nigeria: south africa as a model