Computer disposal is something everyone needs to be concerned with, whether you have one computer at home for personal use or you are in charge of a business that uses huge amounts of electronic equipment. All this equipment falls under the banner of ‘WEEE’ – waste electrical and electronic equipment. When computers and other electronic products are not disposed of correctly, they end up in landfills. The flame retardants and toxic metals cause huge problems in terms of the environment. In this guide, we will explain everything you need to know about computer recycling so that you can better understand your responsibility.
Why Computer Recycling Is Important In Terms Of Water Pollution
Firstly, let’s take a look at how unsafe computer disposal causes water pollution and the impact this is having on humans. There are two major ways in which poor IT disposal can contaminate water. Firstly, through landfills that are not correctly designed to contain e-waste, and secondly through improper recycling, and then the subsequent e-waste disposal. Computers contain precious metals that make e-waste lucrative for reuse and recycling, especially in the impoverished communities of developing countries. Extracting materials from computers is not an easy process, often requiring processes such as leaching, burning, and shredding, which then produces toxic by-products in the soil, water, and the air. These chemical processes have a profound impact particularly on surface water. This is because these processes tend to use toxic chemicals, including acids, to strip or leach precious materials away from less valuable materials, for example, plastic. When improperly regulated or treated, these acids end up in rivers, ponds, and streams. Acidification can kill freshwater organisms and marine life, as well as disrupting ecosystems and biodiversity; enabling some species to dominate over others. Incorrect corporate computer disposal also impacts humans. After all, when products of e-waste contaminate surface waters, those using the water for recreation, bathing, and drinking are affected. In extreme cases, groundwater can be left undrinkable because of e-waste. In some recycling venues, such as one in India’s Mandoli, water samples showed that there were quantities of lead at almost 11 times the recommended exposure limit and mercury that amounted to almost 710 times the limit the Indian Government had recommended. This can all be avoided, and it does not require a lot of effort – there are free computer disposal services available.
Incorrect Disposal Of Computer Equipment And Soil Pollution
Next, let’s take a look at how the correct disposal of computer equipment is required in terms of soil pollution. Soil can also be contaminated from e-waste in two major ways. The first is through direct contact with e-waste disposal and recycling by-products or e-waste contaminants. The second is indirectly through irrigation from contaminated water. When e-waste is illegally dumped or there is the incorrect disposal of used computer equipment, both flame retardants and heavy metals, such as cadmium and arsenic, can leach directly into the soil from the e-waste. This contaminates crops and underlying ground water. This impacts ecosystems because acidification, dioxins, PBDEs, and heavy metals change the soil composition in complicated and unpredictable ways. These changes can be extremely damaging to the microorganisms in plants and soil, as well as the wildlife and animals that depend on these plants for survival. Plants in contaminated soils tend to suffer from reduced growth, altered metabolism, and damaged cell structure. There is no denying that humans are also impacted by this contaminated soil through consuming crops that have been grown in soil that is contaminated, as well as eating fish, meat, and eggs where toxic substances have increased in concentrated up the food chain. These effects are further compounded for children. This is because children are more likely to play in contaminated soil, and so they may ingest it through inadequate hand-washing practices and poor hygiene.
Why Computer Disposal Services Are Vital In Terms Of Air Pollution
Finally, we are going to take a look at how incorrect computer disposal has a negative impact on the air we breathe. E-waste can contaminate the air when it is transported to countries where there are poorly regulated recycling processes. This is typical for countries with informal economies. In such countries, computers and such like tend to be dismantled and shredded. This releases large particulates or dust, some of which is highly toxic, into the immediate environment. This can cause workers to suffer issues with their respiratory system, especially if they do not have adequate protection. These conditions can be chronic and life limiting. Furthermore, air pollution can have an impact on animal species – some more than others. On a long-term basis, air pollution can cause irreversible and damaging changes in ecosystems through hurting plant species, soil chemistry, and water quality. Of course, this air pollution also negatively impacts humans. This is because they can inhale the small particles that are created through the toxic chemicals and informal recycling practices. This is a concern for two reasons. Firstly, these particles can travel a very long way, which means they impact communities that are nowhere near where the pollution stems from. Moreover, these particles can bypass the defence mechanisms of the body’s respiratory system, causing a huge range of health problems, acute, chronic, and life limiting. This is why you need to choose computer disposal services that ensure e-waste is disposed of correctly, which is what Berkshire Computer Recycling can assist with.
Berkshire Computer Recycling Offer Free Computer Disposal Services
If you are looking for free computer disposal services, look no further than Berkshire Computer Recycling. No matter whether you simply need to get rid of a computer and a few other pieces of equipment or you have a van load of electrical items to be collected, we can assist. Further, we will do so at no charge to you if you have 15 items or more. We provide a 48-hour turn around on collections, covering all of Berkshire and North Hampshire. For more information about our computer recycling services, browse our website: http://berkshire-computer-recycling.co.uk. You can also reach us on 01189332976. We look forward to hearing from you.