E-waste Nightmare: Guiyu, China

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Electronic waste, or E-waste, has become an increasingly large dilemma, especially in this day and age of the twenty-first century.  Many things about electronic waste is discussed here such as the causes and effects of E-Waste in general. More specifically, what is discussed is how humans have a large contributing factor to this problem.  The following also provides examples of any efforts humans are putting in to fix the waste.  More specifically, the paper discusses electronic waste in Guiyu, China and how it affects its residents and their lifestyle. Lastly, preventative measures are offered as potential solutions to either completely rid of or at least decrease the amount of E-Waste there is in, not only China, but the entire... View More »

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 Although there are no specific laws yet, some states are banning E-Waste from entering landfills and incinerators.  To do something now as an individual, a person can always upcycle, which is a process of reusing products in a more valuable or profitable way.  An easier alternative while still doing something yourself is to send unwanted electronics back to the manufacturer (Cause Intervention).  Since the 1990’s, after E-Waste was banned from landfills, which caused manufacturing companies to become responsible.  From here, man has taken one step in the right direction in trying to correct this mistake.
The E-Waste disaster is a completely man-made issue.  The E-Waste is the effect of a difficult cause to avoid; old appliances that humans have used either get sent to the original distributor or to these E-Wastelands to be “recycled.”  The problem with this, is that humans throw away so much of what could be salvaged and used in newer electronics and appliances, and they accumulate into in huge piles in cities such as Guiyu, China and other mainland cities in China, Japan, and many more.  Then, the employees work to take apart the products, usually by hand, to find salvageable parts for distributors.  According to Daniel Powell (2013), China in particular has more E-Waste attention drawn to it, “the country is thus grappling with the reality of an estimated 20 percent annual rise in domestically generated e-waste combined with a role as one of the planet’s primary dumping grounds for global e-waste - a massive environmental, social and economic burden” (Powell, 2013). ...

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