Dispose of your e-waste with care!
April 20, 2012 @ 00:00 am
Ever bothered with where your old, damaged harddisk went when you got a new one? Know that every electronic appliance you use needs to be disposed of properly, else it harms the environment.
So you're walking on the road and you feel like eating a bar of chocolate. You buy a pack from the nearby shop and devour the chocolate, carelessly discarding the wrapper on the road. Now, this wrapper sets off an irreversible chain reaction in the environment that harms various aspects of it including the surrounding soil, water and climate. Possibly, forever. Now imagine ten million people doing this at the same time as you. The harm is multiplied manifold, all over the world. We all refer to her as "mother" nature, but no one really gives a f*** about this mother, no?
Even children know that dumping waste material irresponsibly can harm the earth. And one of the most commonly known ways to reduce the harm caused is by recycling waste products. Of course, there's steel, glass, paper, plastic to recycle, and you must. But they're definitely not the ONLY products that cause all the harm to the environment. Think of all the gadgets indispensable to you - your microwave oven, mobile phone, laptop, computer peripherals. Have you ever disposed of them yourself? Do you know that they need proper recycling too?
Have you ever cared enough to bother where your old, damaged harddisk goes when you get a new one? Or what happens to your dead cell phone when you've bought a new one? Or that old RAM chip that went corrupt one fine evening and you just threw in the dustbin? One disadvantage of technology advancing so rapidly is that scores of electronic gadgets go out of use every year and need to be disposed. What happens is the stack of outdated machinery keeps piling up in heaps with nowhere to go. Called “e-waste”, all of this disposable material contains some amounts of both hazardous and precious elements. And like any other kind of waste, if not disposed properly e-waste can contaminate the soil it's piling up on and also the ground water below.
Here's introducing to you project E-incarnate, conceptualised by the OASIS (Organisation of Aware Saviours in Society) NGO, which focuses on sensitising people to the growing concern of E-waste and its harmful effects. The project mobilises a takeback system and urges citizens to give the NGO their e-waste so it can be disposed of by authorised e-waste recycling vendors. The money generated thereby will be used to aid the education of young rag pickers and give them alternative, less harmful job opportunities.
How you can help is by spreading awareness in your residential areas/ communities by educating citizens about e-waste, ask them to be more responsible with their electronic gadgets, and also organise drives and donation programs to collect e-waste from surrounding areas. Then get in touch with OASIS and inform them about your initiative, and they'll take care of the rest.
OASIS is "of the children, for the children, by the children"... the children of mother nature. Because it's high time we stopped being "irresponsible" and switched over to being "E-responsible."