Who said our new generation was very conscious about pollution?
August 13, 2007 12:14pm CST
AUSTRALIA'S hunger for the latest high-tech televisions and other electronic gadgets is creating record amounts of toxic waste. About 98 per cent of discarded televisions, computers and mobile phones, end up as "e-waste", dumped in landfills. Many of the items contain dangerous materials including mercury and cadmium. People upgrading to flat-screen plasma and LCD televisions and discarding their old TVs are driving much of the electronic waste, environment groups say. Sales of flat-screen televisions have boomed by 55 per cent this year, figures from market research company GfK Australia show. The high turnover of electronic items is being driven by plummeting prices and an ever-increasing range of must-have technology. But with many electronic items packed with chemicals, there are concerns that toxins are leaching into the watertable at landfill sites. As e-waste grows at five times normal waste rates, as little as 2per cent of it is being recycled, recycling company SIMS Group says. "It is the fastest growing stream of waste in the Western world," Peter Netchaef, from the SIMS Group, said. He said abound 50per cent of all e-waste is made up of computer monitors or televisions. Mr Netchaef said in the 1990s about a tonne of waste per person was produced each year. Now it is about 1.7tonnes per person per annum, with much of the increase attributed to electronic waste. As the cost of technology comes down more people are prompted to upgrade regularly, he said. Many of the items are not easily recyclable and they have to charge a small fee to consumers for their e-waste. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/08/11/1186857348602.html
• United States
13 Aug 07
The new generation is very conscious about pollution. we all are aware of it, we know it is bad and that things have to be done to stop it. the problem is that the most of the generation is not willing to sacrifice or to do something about it. talking about it is easy but when it comes to actions the words spoken are lost. sadly.
14 Aug 07
Goodness this post alarming and something most of us remain blissfully blind to. I am sure if I checked into information sites in Canada or the U.S. they would have similar stats. Thanks for drawing attention to it...even though I am not sure if there is anything anyone will be willing to do about it. The challenging thing about reading your post is that there doesn't seem to be any real concern about the problem. I assume that the government will simply choose to look away as mountains of e-waste continue to accumulate. Solutions anyone????????