E Waste Recycling Services in Middle East, UAE
Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) describes loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete, or broken electrical or electronic devices.
The UAE has one of the highest internet penetration rates in the world at more than 75 per cent, and more than 78 per cent of residents use smartphones and residents have on average two mobiles each, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has said.
The UAE is one of the region’s leading electronic waste generators. A UN-sponsored project shows that each year the average UAE resident generates 17.2 kilograms of e-waste, which holds toxins such as arsenic, cadmium and mercury..
Circuit boards containing metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can decompose in landfills, seeping potentially carcinogenic toxins into soil and underground aquifers. These toxins can make their way into food and cause health problems.
Much of the water used for growing UAE produce comes from underground water sources that could be contaminated by improperly disposed electronics.