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This guide explores the disastrous environmental outcome when items such as water bottles, plastics and cell phones are discarded by millions each and every day on Long Island, New York City and beyond.

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Trashy Technology: E-waste Recycling in New York City

Definitions

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from the Oxford Dictionary of English

  • Recycling: Using waste as material to manufacture a new product. Recycling involves altering the physical form of an object or material and making a new object from the altered material. Contrary to popular belief, recycling by definition is neither a form of waste prevention nor reuse, as only waste can be recycled and reuse does not alter the physical form of an object (Courtesy of Cal.gov's Waste Prevention Terms and Definitions. Get the full article here...).
  • eWaste:  E-waste - also known as Electronic Waste - broadly covers waste from all electronic and electrical appliances and is comprised of items such as computers, mobile phones, digital music recorders/players, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions (TVs) and many other household consumer items. (excerpt of an article from the National Institute of Health; get the full article here...).
  • Sustainability: A concept that is used to describe community and economic development in terms of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. See also ecological sustainability (A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation, Oxford Reference Online).
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Referred to in business as CSR, it is an attitude adopted by companies intending to ensure a positive social, environmental, and economic impact on the communities within which they operate (The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide, CREDO Reference).
  • Landfill: A system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying land —called also sanitary landfill (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
  • Composting: a biological process in which the organic portion of refuse is allowed to decompose under carefully controlled conditions. Microbes metabolize the organic waste material and reduce its volume by as much as 50 percent. The stabilized product is called compost or humus. It resembles potting soil in texture and odour and may be used as a soil conditioner or mulch. Composting offers a method of processing and recycling both garbage and sewage sludge in one operation. As more stringent environmental rules and siting constraints limit the use of solid-waste incineration and landfill options, the application of composting is likely to increase. The steps involved in the process include sorting and separating, size reduction, and digestion of the refuse. (Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Edition)

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