AIS E-waste

History of E-waste, where is this mountain of trash come from?

This mountain of trash is surely not a pretty sight, and what’s more shameful is that there isn’t just one but way too many piling up at every corner of the Earth. What’s so bad? Not only such wastes are non-biodegradable, these Electronic Wastes are damaging the ecosystem to no end. To top that off, these mountains were made by our very own hands.

As technology is growing rapidly, it’s hard to refuse that the ‘news’ get old and become what we call “E-Waste or Electronic Waste” as quickly.

Let’s change that! With more than 1,806 E-Waste collection spots provided by AIS nationwide, now mobile phones/ tablets, phone batteries, power banks, chargers and headphones can be disposed properly and in a more sustainable manner. And not to forget, electronic gadgets, large household appliances such as refrigerators, TV and washing machines are regarded as E-Wastes as well.

Most people use their phones for 3-5 years on average, it’s not a surprise the toll of E-Wastes filling up the lands multiplies at such quick pace. Meaning we’re taking advantages of the conveniences advanced technology provides at the expense of the increase of E-Wastes, from excessive consumption of electronic devices that has become a norm.

The amount of E-Waste is estimated to be more than 40 million tons a year globally, and 421,335 tons of which come from Thailand in 2019. Pollution control department also found that 82% of E-Waste was discarded from general households. It’s widely common of people having more than one smartphone, of which easily leads to massive personal electronic littering.

Apart from that, domestic industrial factories contributed 7,400 tons of E-Waste a year, be it machinery scraps or wastage from manufacturing process.

Inappropriate disposal of electronic gadgets also leads to the increase in this waste. By not separating personal rubbish, we’re secondhandedly contaminating the ecosystem in a way. Toxins such as lead, mercury or cadmium from all these electronic devices leave harmful footprint in our water, land, air and human bodies. All of these plays a part in enlarging the E-Waste mountain, the waste long-waiting for proper management.

It’s time we take responsibility from our actions, so let’s take down this mountain of waste! Discard your E-Wastes: mobile phones/ tablets, phone batteries, power banks, chargers and headphones with AIS at one of 1,806 disposal collections nationwide to be correctly taken care of.

Check out AIS E-Waste disposal spots at http://ewastethailand.com/drop-point/

Reference: www.pcd.go.th, tdri.or.th, gnews.apps.go.th, themomentum.co

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