The Health Hazards of e-Waste

The prospect of a new smartphone or a new laptop is enough to excite many. After all, a new gadget always comes in handy in your daily activities. But whilst it is fun to tinker with a new device, the influx of electronics comes with a downside in terms of waste disposal. That’s because e-waste, or all gadgets and electronics you send to the landfill, can pose some serious health threats.

The Hazards

Parts of electronics contain chemicals and compounds that may pollute the environment. Flat screen monitors, for one, contain mercury that may damage your brain and your liver. The cadmium and nickel content of batteries also pose a serious threat to your kidneys.

Printed wiring boards, CRT screens, and batteries contain lead that may poison your body. Arsenic, beryllium, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) also carry health risks. Even the plastic items you use daily may emit chlorinated dioxins and furan particles that weaken your immune system.

For daily use, electronics are safe and risk-free. But once you dispose of these, that’s where the problems arise. You have to take measures to prevent these items from polluting your property’s perimeter and/or water source.

The Challenge

The challenge of e-waste lies in the proper disposal of these rubbish. Whether you’re a homeowner or an entrepreneur, you have to know how to safely get rid of these items. One good way of doing so is having separate skip bins within your premises for different types of waste. Segregation may seem simple, but it goes a long way in keeping the health hazards of all wastes at bay.

In most cases, it would take high concentrations and long periods of exposure to these substances before you notice its impact on your health. Nevertheless, it’s better to nip this potential problem in the bud — and that’s where we can help you out.

As Perth’s top waste removal expert, Kwik Skips will assist you with removing all your e-waste safely and properly, and maintain a healthy environment in your home. Get in touch with us today for more details about our services.