E-WASTE MANAGEMENT Lets Take Care of The Environment
When you no longer have use with your Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and ends up throwing it out, then that is what is known as e-waste. Electrical and Electronic Equipment depend on electric currents or electromagnetic fields to function. They are used to generate, transfer and measure such currents and fields too. They include equipment you use at household level and at industrial/commercial level.
You may dispose the item due to the following reasons.
- May be you see it as if it is no longer functioning as you want thus not serving you the purpose
- It has become obsolete
How E-Waste Is Increasing and Becoming a Problem
E –waste growth is as a result of many people gaining more knowledge on the use of such equipment such as computers .E -Learning is being embraced by many people in Kenya.ICT has been introduced at all levels of our institutions hence requiring the use of more computers and its accessories.
The telecommunication industry is also expanding. More mobile phones, computer and their accessories are required. The number of mobile phone users has gone up. As these industries grow, it leads to the increase of e-waste as the people discard obsolete computers, mobile phones television sets, and other ICT equipment.
The waste is toxic and non-biodegradable.It contains substances such as mercury, Lead and Cadmium which are harmful to the environment and human beings. The harmful components may contaminate soil and ground water if not properly managed and taken care of.
Our firm is well known when it comes to managing e-waste. We do recycling through a refurbishing programme. We have all the skills in handling all these accessories. Rafiki Pest Control champions for proper management of e-waste. We care for your health as a public and also for a safer environment to live in.
Residential E-Waste Management
In your home, there must be those obsolete wires, digital cameras, broken mobile phones, and many other appliances which you no longer use. You are stuck with them not knowing how to get rid of them.
Lack of proper disposal mechanisms has resulted in most consumers holding excessive stock of the e-waste in their homes. Lack of knowledge on how to properly dispose these items has resulted to people burning this equipment.
Examples of Residential Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- IT & telecommunications equipment -computers, mobile phones
- Household equipment –TV,Fridges,juicers,microwave cookers, electric cookers
- Lighting equipment Lighting –electric cables
- Electrical and electronic tools -bulbs
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment Toys
Handling ewaste is not an easy task especially if you lack the knowledge of how to do it. There are toxic substances in the electronics like mercury, cadmium, lead, and bromine. The hazardous substances need to be removed and properly disposed. You therefore must to have the correct gadgets so as to perform all these in a safe manner.
Proper and handling of these e-wastes is complicated and expensive. It requires the use of high tech shredders and safety clothing. The process releases toxic materials to the environment. The moment you burn the electronics, the leftover substances pollutes the environment, you and people near you are also affected. Meaning that we have to be careful about where our e-wastes are recycled. When hazardous substances have been properly discarded, the remaining electronics materials can then be recycled. You, therefore, need to know how your recyclers do handle the e-waste.
Due to lack of proper regulations, many vendors including e-waste recyclers refurbishes, and collectors end up dismantling the electrical and electronic wastes. They later resell or re-use the old parts for repairs. This they do regardless of the safety of both the buyer and user and also their effect on the environment.
For residential e-waste management, disposing your items to a well-known firm who deals with finding recycling will do a great service to our environment. You might go ahead to find out what the recycler will do with your old electronics and the impact it will have on the environment.
How We Do It
The amount of materials that can be reclaimed versus hazardous ones varies from product to product. Before handing over your unused electronics to a collector or a recycler, we advice you on some things you can do depending on the type of the e-waste.
Computers, phones, and tablets-clear any data before recycling to secure your personal information. Our specialists will destroy all data to prevent any data of it from being taken during the recycling process
Tech accessories-most of the tech accessories can be recycled because they are made of valuable materials such as steel, copper, gold, aluminum, and gold. The more we reclaim these items the less the better for our environment and economy.
Household items light bulbs, batteries, and most appliances in your house can be recycled
Batteries-recycling varies depending on what the battery is made of.
Whatever electronics or electrical waste you have in your home can now be safely disposed of. Rafiki Pest Control offers safe and effective e-waste collection and recycling. We collect the e-wastes, safely dispose of the toxic substances and recycle, refurbish the remaining accessories. The e-waste collection programme targets any household items which you feel you no longer need.
Commercial E-Waste Management
Without proper mechanisms put in place, handling commercial-waste might be a very difficult task. Imagine handling electrical and electronic equipment from a hospital or a large company? The equipment from the commercial firms is usually in bulk. Similar to the residential e-waste, they also have serious effects on the environment.
Rafiki Pest control emphasizes on the importance of keeping our environment clean. We do collect and transport all electronic waste from your place of business. We offer our services to any organization and to the public at large. Be part of the solution; let’s make a difference to our environment. Let the future generation have a safe place to dwell.
Categories of Commercial Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- IT & telecommunications equipment
- Lighting equipment Lighting –electric cables, bulbs
- Electrical and electronic tools
- Medical, Medical equipment
- Monitoring and control instrument
- Automatic Dispensers
Effects of poor handling of commercial e-waste
- Water pollution-when monitors have broken apart and the shells dumped in the water. The shell contains chemicals such as lead thus leading to lead poisoning when one consumes the contaminated water.
- Air pollution, especially when e-waste is burnt
- Waste management problem of non-biodegradable equipment
- Toxicity and radioactive nature of e-waste degrades the environment
- Blockage of water runoff channels
- Loss of opportunities for recycling industries.
- Ozone depletion leading to unpredictable weather conditions.
- E-waste affects people’s health (e.g. lead poisoning and cancerous mercury).
Managing Commercial E-Waste: How We Do It
- Collection-We have established collection centers whereas a firm, we come to collect all the e-waste. Thereafter we either recycle or refurbish depending on the type of the e-waste.
- Transportation-Once general waste is collected at designated places, we transport them to designated dumping sites and recycling facilities for processing.
Let’s be keepers of our environment. Managing electronic wastes is challenging. It requires qualified personnel to effectively manage. At Rafiki Pest Control, we have what it takes. We will help you handle all your e-waste. Contact us and be rest of the safe disposal of all those e-wastes in your home or commercial place.