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South Korea’s Growing Electronic Waste Disposal Challenge

March 2, 2015

Recycling centers in Asia are dealing with an increase in electronic waste (e-waste) disposal. Proper disposal of e-waste is critical because they leak toxic chemicals that can damage the earth and cause health concerns.  There are estimates that claim only 21% of the country’s total e-waste actually gets properly recycled. Because the amount of e-waste is on the rise, South Korea is trying to establish many local recycling programs.

Man looking at his cellphoneThere are Big Profits to Be Made from E-Waste Recycling

According to South Korean officials, $3.8 billion is available from extracting metals like gold, copper and silver. That means a profit can be made from proper electronic waste disposal and the environment can be helped at the same time.

Electronic Gadget Sales are on the Rise in South Korea

Looking at the recycling centers in Asia and the rest of the world, there is an increase in electronic waste. Combating the waste now with green recycling solutions is the best way to prevent further damage occurring to our planet and precious resources. In a recent a recent article from Voices Of America, Lee Joo-hong of South Korea’s Green Consumers Network says the average South Korean purchases a new mobile phone every one and a half years.

The United States Needs to Step Up

At home in the United States we have an urgent need to adopt e-waste recycling in our daily lives. Only half the states have a recycling program in place or legislation in the works to handle the recycling of electronic waste. As one of the leading countries in the world, we need to set an example and be proactive with the waste we produce. Together, we can help to keep waste out of the landfills and create greener solutions with our used and damaged technology.

 

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