Technology vs. Trashcans:
Cycle of E-Waste In North Carolina
“We produce 50 million tonnes of e-waste a year … [o]f this total amount, 40 million tonnes of e-waste are discarded in landfills, 21 burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way every year” (WEF. P, 2019). What are our options in North Carolina for dealing with these issues? What if there is an alternative solution to these issues through the use of microbes?
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Electronic waste is discarded electrical or electronic equipment. It is dangerous because toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and beryllium naturally leach from metals when they are buried, posing a threat to not only human health but also the ecosystem's well-being. In this case study, we'll look at how the public and private sectors collaborate to solve the e-waste problem, as well as how microbes could provide an alternative path to a more sustainable future for our planet.