e-Waste contains hazardous materials
The fast pace of technological advancement causes many electronic products to become obsolete in a very short time. This creates a large surplus of unwanted electronic products, or e-waste.
Disposing of e-waste in landfills has the potential to cause severe human and environmental health impacts.
As evidence of the seriousness involved in handling e-Waste, here is a quote from a recent Environment Canada news release:
"Following the discovery of 39 skids of miscellaneous plastic and electronic scrap in a Port of Vancouver shipment destined for Hong Kong, Environment Canada opened an investigation into suspected violations of exporting hazardous waste without a permit. Of the discovered material, there were approximately 30 skids of broken and non-working computer monitors containing cathode-ray tubes. CC Ever Better International Co. Ltd. pleaded guilty to exporting hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable material without a permit, contrary to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999."
Click here to read the whole article on the Environment Canada Website
Dangers involved in improper practices
This short documentary by the Basel Action Network (BAN) is a great introduction to the dangers and problems of not properly disposing of e-Waste: