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Ashok Yakkaldevi
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Waste electrical and electronic equipments (WEEE) waste is one of the most hazardous and fast growing waste. The WEEE/ E-waste crisis has reached epic proportions due of two primary characteristics: E-waste is hazardous and E-waste contains over 1000 different substances many of which are toxic and create serious environmental pollution problems upon disposal. One of the sources of e-waste is condensers, cooling units' insulation wires, older floppy and transmitters which on disposal leaches out certain toxic chemicals which reaches water bodies. They exert toxicity on fauna and flora. Mostly the fish community gets affected, gets bioaccumulated in their tissues and ultimately leads to bio-magnification. They cause cancer and affect the reproductive system of fish. In the process gradually the fish population will decrease and ultimately perish if it is not controlled. The e-waste compounds may also cause mutagenicity in plants and humans. E-waste/ WEEE waste can be managed by following few methods: Incineration/ Pyrolysis, Recycle/ reuse/ recovery facility, Secure landfills. Recycling and reuse of the waste helps in reduction of the volume of waste for disposal. Resource recovery is a method to turn wastes into resources by recovering usable products both materials (like metals) and energy.
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