Electronic Waste: The Negative Effects Of Electronic Waste

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Introduction Electronic waste contains different types of hazardous waste that are harmful to environment as well as human life. Electronic waste consists waste originating from electronic and electric equipment’s. Some natural substances are harmless but while being processed to manufacture electronic waste, they may produce harmful or hazardous substances to the environment. For instance, chromium become chromium VI which is very dangerous and hazardous when exposed to the environment. Some of the toxic substance from electronic waste included heavy metals and halogenated compounds. If exposed to the environment, they promote soil degradation. For example we have the PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) which is mainly produced from transformers and condensers. When released into the environment, it leads environmental pollution or even production of cancerous rays when exposed to the sun rays. Polychlorinated biphenyls causes negative effects in human immune…show more content…
Beryllium mist, fumes or dust is commonly found in electronic equipment, individuals exposed to such environments mainly suffer from a dangerous condition known as beryllicosis. Beryllicosis is a fatal condition as it affects the respiratory system. Human beings living in environments exposed to beryllium dust may suffer from a skin diseases characteristic by slow healing of wounds. Polybrominated diphenyl, polybrominated and tetrabromobisphenol are hazardous brominated flame retardants produced from electrical and electronic applicances. They are used in textiles and plastics electronic devices as flame resistant. Exposure of these flames to the environment happens when the electronic or plastic equipment evaporates after exposure to heat or fire. Wiring boards from electronic waste produce halogenated elements that may cause hormonal disorders if exposed to the

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