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A Focus on E-Waste: Effects on Environment and Human Health

International Journal of Novel Trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences,2012,2,1,47-51.
Published:February 2012
Type:Review Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Petheeswari Vetrivel1,* and P. Kalpana Devi2 

1Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College of Arts and Science, Kamarajar Salai-625 009, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.

2Velammal College of Engineering & Technology, Velammal Na gar, Madurai – Rameswaram High Road, Viraganoor– 625 009, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Electronic wastes can cause widespread environmental damage due to the use of toxic materials in the manufacture of electronic goods. Hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium in one form or the other are present in such wastes primarily consisting of Cathode ray tubes (CRTs), Printed board assemblies, Capacitors, Mercury switches and relays, Batteries, Liquid crystal displays (LCDs), Cartridges from photocopying machines, Selenium drums (photocopier) and Electrolytes. Sustainable waste management is crucial to reducing the environmental harm of resource depletion and waste disposal currently ravaging the planet. Due to human ingenuity and advances in technology, the human population is exponentially increasing, living longer, and usi more resources than ever before documented. However, fear of the actual and perceived dangers of waste, combined with social norms attached to waste, have precluded society from making changes in the waste system. Information alone is unable to change attitudes and norms. The emotions which hinder change need to be addressed and incorporated into educational programs, such as through the use of art and ritual. 

Discarded electronic equipments