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Appropriate way to tackle e-waste    
Every day a vast number of electric and electronic devices end up as waste; some of them ready for scrap, others just obsolete. All this is gradually mounting up to a serious environmental problem, which has so far failed to attract the public interest. Our objective is to report and analyze the status of existing approaches and particular policies for electronic waste and used electronic products. Based on this, we explore recommendations for future developments to solve the e-waste problem.
 
How organizations can help?
 

Organizations should proceed more responsibly while approving and implementing recycling initiatives.
 
Re-evaluate 'cheap products' use, make product cycle 'cheap' and so that it has no inherent value that would encourage a recycling infrastructure.
 
Promote sustainability of technology as the culture of the organization, thereby increasing redundancy cycles of equipment and lowering your e-waste footprint.
 
Standardize components for easy disassembly.
 
Keep a track on E-waste management in your organization, with an auditory system to implement the same.
 
Only engage with authorized recyclers regarding your E-waste who process your E-waste in Zero Dumping technologies.
 
Insist on essential documentation or certification from the vendor who manages your E-waste.
 
Develop learning materials and education programs to address sustainability and E-waste issues within the organization and develop a green office program to address the E-waste issue.
 
Use label materials to assist in recycling (particularly plastics).
 
Create computer components and peripherals of biodegradable materials.
 
Encourage / promote / require green procurement for corporate buyers.
 
Look at green packaging options.
 
How citizens can help?
 
 
Waste prevention is perhaps more preferred to any other waste management option including recycling. Donating electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products and keeps them out of the waste management system for a longer time. But care should be taken while donating such items i.e. the items should be in working condition.
 
Reuse, in addition to being an environmentally preferable alternative, also benefits society. By donating used electronics, schools, non-profit organizations, and lower-income families can afford to use equipment that they otherwise could not afford.
 
E-wastes should never be disposed with garbage and other household wastes. This should be segregated at the site and sold or donated to various organizations.
 
While buying electronic products try opting for the ones that:
 
Are made with fewer toxic constituents
 
Use recycled content
 
Are energy efficient
 
Are designed for easy upgrading or disassembly
 
Utilize minimal packaging
 
Offer leasing or take back options
 
Have been certified by regulatory authorities. Customers should opt for upgrading their computers or other electronic items to the latest versions rather than buying new equipments.
 
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