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Toxic contamination: Keeping TVs, computers, electronic waste out of landfills


Recycle and recover: (Clockwise from top) Retrieving useful materials from e-waste such as these scrap computer motherboards will prevent the waste from filling up landfills and releasing toxic substances into the environment.

Recycle and recover: (Clockwise from top) Retrieving useful materials from e-waste such as these scrap computer motherboards will prevent the waste from filling up landfills and releasing toxic substances into the environment.

With an ever-mounting plethora of electronic devices that become obsolete all too fast, e-waste has become a mountainous problem.

Some of the most hazardous waste are generated by you and I. Our old fluorescent lights. Computers and laptops. Mobile phones. Batteries. Refrigerators. Air-conditioners. TVs. Some of these unwanted electronics and electrical appliances, or e-waste, quickly disappear when left at the curbside or at recycling centres as they contain reusable plastics, metals and even precious metals like gold and silver.

   

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