Calling for the Public's Proper Management of Electronic Waste Disposal

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In this age of modern technology where practically every household and person owns electronic gadgets and appliances that are replaced each time latest models are out in the market, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) advised the general public to recycle old electronic gadgets and appliances, instead of throwing them away. Throwing electronic waste in the trash causes serious problems to the environment and human health, the DENR said.

Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, could have potentially toxic chemicals that can leak into the soil or water supply or escape into the air. Some hard and sharp metals and toxic chemicals found in electronics, such as lead, chromium, nickel, zinc, and mercury, can mix with other harmful substances in dump sites or sanitary landfills.

There are a number of ways that people can do to recycle their old electronics without harming the environment. The DENR recommends three - trade, donate, or recycle. Old electronic gadgets and appliances that are still working can be recycled by someone who is going to use them in the proper way. …