LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS
A Life-Cycle-Analysis (LCA) is a scientific method to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling.
to recognize and minimize environmental impacts
to make decisions in industry, government and non-profit organizations
to determine the selection of relevant factors
to foster different marketing purposes
Why is it hazardous?
E-waste contains materials that are considered toxic, such as
lead, mercury, cadmium, PCBs
These materials are harmful to the environment and human health if improperly managed
Effects on water, soil and air if burnt
Human health impact of these materials if consumed
Reproduction, liver, kidneys, nervous system, tumors, thyroid, brain development, immune system, blood, bones, respiratory system, lung cancer, heart disease, DNA, spleen, bronchitis