Where will old smartphones and computers be thrown away?

Used devices such as smartphones, computers, and used laptop batteries are all e-waste. They must be collected and handled according to regulations to avoid affecting human health.

According to statistics of the United Nations Environment Program, each Vietnamese person annually emits about 1.3 kg of e-waste, equivalent to 116,000 tons across the country.

The habit of many Vietnamese people is to sell junk or throw away e-waste with ordinary garbage. Meanwhile, many types of e-waste contain ingredients including barium, copper, nickel; beryllium (in motherboards), cadmium (in resistors and semiconductors), chromium (in floppy disks), lead (in batteries, computer monitors),… heavy metals have the potential to affect affect human health. (Photo: Nguyen Cong Thanh)

In Vietnam, there is a free e-waste recovery, treatment and recycling program initiated by electronics manufacturers to comply with regulations on the collection and disposal of electronic devices. used. PV VietNamNet’s record at an e-waste collection point of the Vietnam recycling program in Hanoi shows that, after 7 years of implementation, the program still maintains operations on a regular basis. However, the e-waste collection bins only operate during office hours.

In the picture is an electronic waste collection bin of the Vietnam recycling program at the People’s Committee of Trang Tien ward (Hanoi). Each e-waste bin is quite large in size, divided into 2 compartments with one compartment for batteries and another for other larger types of electronic waste. In Hanoi, there are currently 5 e-waste collection bins located at the Cultural House of Nghia Tan Ward (Cau Giay District), the People’s Committee of Trang Tien Ward (Hoan Kiem District), the People’s Committee of Quan Thanh Ward (Ba Dinh District), the People’s Committee of Thanh Cong Ward. (Ba Dinh District) and Hanoi Environmental Protection Sub-Department (Cau Giay District).

In Ho Chi Minh City, there are also 5 e-waste collection points located at People’s Committee of Ward 9 (District 3), People’s Committee of Ward 15 (District 4), People’s Committee of Ward 17 (Phu Nhuan District), People’s Committee of Ward 2 (Binh Thanh District). and Metro An Phu Supermarket – MM Mega Market (District 2).

Various types of electronic waste are collected here including mobile phones, laptops, computers, LCD computer monitors, CRTs, printers, technology accessories, batteries… Besides collecting files In the middle, people in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City can also contact Vietnam for recycling to collect e-waste at home.

According to Vietnam recycling, the collected equipment will be transported to the hazardous waste treatment plant by specialized trucks, then carefully classified according to each product category and completely disassembled. for each material line. Participating in support of such e-waste collection and sorting programs is one of the most positive ways that each person can do to protect the environment.

Trong Dat


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