From e-waste to gold, silver and copper

From e-waste to gold, silver and copper
From e-waste to gold, silver and copper

From e-waste to gold, silver and copper

From e-waste to gold, silver and copper

Moment. Before throwing away your old cell phone, did you know that it contains precious metals? Companies extract it to recycle e-waste, then sell it for reuse.

This is the case with many other e-waste such as computers, cameras, speakers, washing machines, etc. that we can use instead of burying them underground for years.

The unsafe accumulation of this waste results in a toxic mix of chemicals that pollutes the environment and kills marine organisms.

Then what to do? This episode of BBC Extra highlights some of the solutions.

In the United Arab Emirates, we visited Enviroseve, one of the largest e-waste recycling plants in the world.

In Egypt, we learned about the “e-tadweer” application, which Egyptians can use to find the nearest center to recycle their electronic devices and receive gifts.

In the Gaza Strip, we learned of an individual initiative to collect used batteries. The practice poses environmental and health risks, but is viable in countries that suffer severe power outages and rely heavily on batteries.

Finally, Fatima Al-Zalzalah, a Kuwaiti environmental activist, told us about the environmental risks of e-waste.

Presented by: Seif El Din Rubai

Created by: Sarah Bounouar and Seif El Din Rubai

Editors: Farah Da’jah and Nadim Dimashqieh

Editor-in-Chief: Areej Zayat


#ewaste #gold #silver #copper

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