by : Rey Andres
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. government’s agency created to protect human health and environment, estimates that more than 112,000 computers are discarded every single day in the U.S. alone. That’s 41.1 million desktops and laptop computers per year.
In these gadget-driven society upgrading electronic is done fairly frequent with most people not thinking twice before sinking their money for the “latest and greatest technology.” Thanks to the companies and their marketing teams which spend a great deal of money to make sure we’re always hungry for the next iPad, Xbox, and high-definition televisions.
As hunger for electronics and technology grows, what happens to old stuff like the 100 million cell phones thrashed every year? On the average, it is estimated that a phone user gets a new cell phone every 18 months.
20 million TV’s are thrashed every year and only 13 percent of this are disposed of and recycled properly. A United Nation’s report suggested that in some countries, production waste of electrical and electronic equipment which includes obsolete phones, computers and HDTVs could rise by more than 500 percent over the next decade and by 2014 manufacturers will produce more than 70 million tons of “e-waste”.
Where does this “e-waste” go then? Electronic waste from equipment of all sizes includes dangerous chemicals like lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. When gadgets and devices are disposed of improperly, these hazardous materials pose a high risk of polluting the air, contaminating soil and leaching into water sources.
Proper e-waste disposal has become an everybody’s concern with so much at stake down the road.
The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County (FACCOC) has joined the bandwagon and, as one of its advocacies, announced its participation in the “E-Waste Cause” Electronics Recycling Event on July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Irvine “to help keep the environment clean and to assist community/non-profit organizations, such as FACCOC, raise funds for their cause.”
Collection sites for unwanted electronics (monitors, LEDS, TVs, computers, scanners, laptops, mobile devices, tablets, PDAs, MP players, printers, copiers, fax, scanners, network equipment and UPS, cellular phones, home entertainment systems, VCRs, VCDs, DVDs) are at the Tanaka Farms and St. John Neumann Church.
FACCOC organizers consider the event as a triple win in terms of “de-cluttering home and office, helping keep the environment clean and helping earn fund for the organization”.
The group is also urging participants to download custom form to ensure that eWaste collected is credited to FACCOC.
Meanwhile, along FACCOC’s community effort to promote environmental concerns, its signature project , the 5th Annual Green and Health Expo will be held on Sept. 4 at SC Edison Energy Education Center in Irwindale. In this annual gathering, individuals and business entities that have gone extra mile to promote the “green culture” will be recognized at a fitting ceremony.
The search for nominees has been announced in categories that include Best Green Company (City or Entity), Best Green Product or Service and Best Conservation Program.