Waste Disposal-World of Cities Project
by Charles Martel on November 11, 2017 - 4:10pm
By: Charles Martel, Sofiya Taver and Anthony Patulli
The issue chosen is e-waste pollution, the environmental damages caused by electronic debris.
About 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste is generated every year throught the world with a significant portion of it being exported to UK shores and China to be recuperated and transformed. This crude and long process leaves time for persistent and harmful pollutants to be released continuously from the these large heaps of heavy metals, leaving many areas unbreathable.
ARPE (Association pour le Recyclage des Produits Electroniques) is a non-lucrative association that recycles electronic devices. It takes them directly to approved local deposits that immediately sort the main components of the devices and sends them to other companies that can reuse them and recycles other materials like plastic and glass.
Our idea is to contact Champlain to allow us to develop an incentive at the College to prompt the students to drop their old electronic devices in containers that we will place, and contact our friends and families to do the same.
Source: 'E-Waste pollution' threat to human health, Institute Of Physics, 31 May 2011, http://www.iop.org/news/11/may/page_51103.html