The use of electrical and electronic equipments has shown a significant increase in the recent decades. Rapid changes in technological advancements, falling prices, obsolescence of media have resulted in rapidly rising amounts of electronic waste throughout the world.
E-waste has become a highly complex and one of the fastest growing waste streams on a global level, consisting of both valuable and very scarce components, as well as hazardous and highly toxic elements (EPA, 2007). Recycling and disposal of e-waste results in serious environmental affects and has many detrimental health effects.
The disposal and recycling of waste or obsolete electronic products requires highly organised and sophisticated methods to recover as many valuable resource components as possible and eliminating risks to environment and human health. But, huge quantities of electronic waste is dismantled and recycled in developing countries using informal, unorganised and backward techniques due to lack of knowledge, skills and awareness poses hazards and dangers to both human and environment. There is need for e-waste management to be done in the right way. If done so, this sector has huge scope in becoming a profitable economic sector.
The main objective of this project is to address the issue of management of household e-waste in compliance with the New York State law and to make a personal plan for the management of e-waste recycling. In 1980s, e-waste was not much of an issue. But since the time it has started receiving attention on a global level, increasing environmental standards has led to an increased cost of disposal of electronic waste in the developed and industrialised countries. This has in turn resulted in shipping of these hazardous and dangerous wastes to the developing countries and countries-in-transition with lower health and environmental laws and standards. Consequently, the improper dumping and indiscriminate management of the hazardous, toxic wastes has continued to threatening the human health and environment in the form of air, soil and water pollution.