E-Waste: The IT Industry's Biggest Challenge
IT filed developing like a running jaguar on a hunt, also nowadays it got an effective role on every single thing in our life, and that role is increasing.
Mainly there are two general categories on the IT field; Hardware and Software.
Hardware includes every single electronic component in most of today`s general equipment, look around you you’ll see technology everywhere, not just on your PC or Laptop, that includes smart TVs, smart phones, and even full smart houses!
The point is when you have at least one electronic item; it came with features and functions, you would always depends on these tools in your daily life, so like everything in life, it has to be developed to stay updated and keep your life on the right track, so we ought to buy new electronic equipment and dispose of the old one in a way or another.
E-Waste or electronics waste is the result of any kind of discarded electronic equipment, generally it include materials like carbon, cadmium, lead, plastic, and fibers among others.
They have much more big price than the junk disposal prices that a clearance company will give you. The main problem of these materials is its harmful impact on the environment and the living creatures, this could happen when it became rubbish materials thrown into landfills, or sometimes it deflect into chemical reactions when stored for long periods.
Carrying out the paradigm of the 3 Rs “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”:
The usual solution of any kind of waste lies on this paradigm, although for a specific kind as the E-Waste, it is considers a big challenge for its executers, the challenge is that some statistics referred to the percentage of products` E-Waste as 45-70% in the world, and as we mentioned before the materials has the most harmful impact on life itself.
It is hard to reduce manufacturing of electronic equipment, it became a necessity in our daily life, it is based on the consumers` needs, and the manufactures has to apply.
Some of the manufacturers are already concerned about the issue, and they make a lot of efforts to reduce amounts of dangerous materials within a product, to try to make an environment friendly product referred to as “Green Product”.
But as consumers we ought to have a role too, we should reduce our usage of electronic equipment as much as we can, or even to keep using the products longer than the average usage`s cycle.
Some manufactures gathers the usable components of an electronic device to reuse them into new products, and it is called refurbished products.
Some users prefers the idea of repairing a product instead of buying a new one, and that is another method of reuse.
Although some usable products are shipped into developing countries through charities channels or resellers companies, but some of these products are old enough to produce chemical reaction within, which cause toxic harms on human bodies.
Sadly, not all products are rolled into recycling`s operations, some of them must be disposed of permanently, and others are not treated with the right clearance that involves recycling.
Societies ought to spread out knowledge and empower the concept of recycling and clean environment, manufactures has a big role in this operation, by providing the essential knowledge to consumers through proper channels, just like equipment`s user guides and customer services.
The biggest issue lies within the right disposing of the unusable materials, of course with the emphasis of minimum harm on the environment and human life.
The solution is the right disposal of the materials; the materials` life cycle ought to be identified for each type, to define the right time of disposing, and of course in the right way, yet with the huge amounts of electronic equipment productions, it is a hard operation to be carried out.