E-waste (electronic waste) is a popular, informal name for electronic products that are no longer working or nearing the end of “useful life”. E-wastes are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous, depending on their condition and density. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment. For example, leachate from waste can contaminate soil and water, open burning of waste can cause air pollution, and a failure to use recycled materials from waste means an acceleration of the depletion of ‘raw’ materials.
Discarded computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, electric lamps, cell phones, audio equipment and batteries if improperly disposed can leach Lead and other substances into soil and groundwater. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner at the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE Centre) so that they are less harmful to the ecosystem.
Oracle has sponsored Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), a charitable non-governmental organization and WEEE Centre to create public awareness on e-waste. The aim of this project is to educate members of society at residential, learning institutions, commercial and industrial settings about the deleterious effect of e-waste on the environment and personal health.
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