LAS432 W5 Rough Draft G4.docx - LAS432 Week 5 Rough Draf Ashley Ball Karl Chmielewski Alex Fregoso Carya Holmes Jonathan Ramirez Professor Johnson DeVry

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LAS432 Week 5: Rough Draf Ashley Ball, Karl Chmielewski Alex Fregoso , Carya Holmes & Jonathan Ramirez Professor Johnson DeVry University
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E-Waste Everyone loves their family and friends. They love new things and things that make their life easier. Electronics is something that most people love and cannot live without. Cellular phones are the best example. E-waste is one of the fastest growing problems, it includes all broken, unusable, or outdated electronic gadgets, components, and materials. This makes sense as our technology growth rate continues to accelerate every year. Technology seems to become all but obsolete only a brief time afer it’s purchased. Technology grows so quick that once we walked out of the store with what we buy, it’s already obsolete. That quick turn over usually happens in our periphery because, with electronics, out of sight really is out of mind. “In our society, we always have to have the new, best product,” said Aaron Blum, the co- founder and chief operating officer of ERI (an electronic recycling company), on a tour of the facility (a recycling plant in Fresno, CA). Americans spent $71 billion on telephone and communication equipment in 2017, nearly five times what they spent in 2010 even when adjusted for inflation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Apple alone sold 60 million iPhones domestically last year, according to Counterpoint Research. When we buy something new, we get rid of what’s old. That cycle of consumption has made electronics waste the world’s fastest-growing solid-waste stream” (8). Proper recycling of e-waste is crucial to the longevity of our planet. But what exactly is e- waste and how can we do our part to leave this world a cleaner healthier place?
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The term "e-waste" is loosely applied to consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life. There is no clear definition for e-waste; for instance, whether or not items like microwave ovens and other similar "appliances" should be grouped into the category has not been established. Certain components of some electronic products contain
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