In 2019, Thailand is responsible for generating 421,335 tons of domestic Electronic Wastes, and only 7,400 of which came from industrial sector!*
So, where did the rest come from? It’s US, the household sector.
Each household, some with a few members, some with more, varying careers, various types of electronic equipment needed for one’s profession. From the perspectives of 2 families with different lifestyles and line of works, let’s find out how and why we’ve created such enormous wastes in this article.
“Apart from mobile phone, headphone and power bank, I always have a tablet with me, in case there’s something urgent at work”
Tor, a 34-year-old programmer shared with us the norms of owning several electronic devices needed for his profession.
He’d normally need 3 computer screens for his job, one for work, one for coding and another for general use. Not to mention, a web camera and extension cords for charging these gadgets as well.
While his sister, a 29-year-old graphic designer, Tee, possessing no less electronic equipment as well.
“A mobile phone and tablet are my staple items that I take anywhere, to take photos and jot down ideas”
She also owns one big desktop PC specifically for graphic work, a laptop, and a camera”
Previously, some good conditioned old phones and tablets were passed on to their relatives, while the broken ones were thrown away, with little knowledge or much thoughts, in a general bin instead of separating them for a proper disposal management.
Who’d think that their less tech-savvy parents, who use much less of electronic gadgets, are partly responsible for adding E-Wastes into the system? With their broken electronic appliance keepsakes hidden somewhere in a storeroom, not knowing where or how to dispose them.
Another household we interviewed, Pa, a 48-year-old housekeeper who often frowns upon her factory-worker husband’s habits of buying electronic scraps and giving them a repair, or how he usually opts for a secondhand cell phone.
Unfortunately, these items don’t last, and turned back to junks idling around their house in just a short time that they had to get a new one repeatedly.
“I only use it to make calls, there’s no need to get a brand new one. If it’s broken, I’ll just change it then”, said Kum, her 54-year-old husband.
Pa added, “I need to have my phone with a headphone at all times, to take calls from my boss and also to listen to music during the day”
These old bits and pieces are either sold for scrap or kept at home, not realizing what harm these E-Wastes bring upon their health.
Need we say more? Whether you’re a graphic designer, a housekeeper or a tech-laggard mother, every one of us are in possession of a few or more electronic devices. It cannot be expressed enough, how important it is to consume these appliances in moderation and keeping yourself aware of how to handle these wastes properly, in order to keep our landfills as wasteless as possible.
To make it easier for you, AIS has provided more than 1,800 E-Waste collection spots nationwide to discard these 5 Electronic Wastes: mobile phones/ tablets, phone batteries, power banks, chargers and headphones to be sustainably managed further.
Check out AIS E-Waste disposal spots at http://ewastethailand.com
*Ref: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment