New technology is constantly entering the marketplace. On one hand, these new gadgets, like cell phones, represent our ability to invent and create amazing products. But when they are thrown away so quickly to be replaced by the newest invention, it can become very wasteful. What do you think about “e-waste” and the life cycle of new technology like cell phones?

PHOTO: Amy Acosta
PHOTO: Amy Acosta

Amy Acosta, age 9 – “Technology should be refurbished or recycled. People should make use of the parts that are not needed and replace them so as not to harm the environment.”

PHOTO: Edwin George
PHOTO: Edwin George

Edwin George, age 14 – “In this society, it seems like a natural thing to upgrade cell phones and other electronics even when the one you have doesn’t need to be upgraded. When disposing an electronic is looked at as not a big deal, most people don’t consider the impact that this could have on their health or the environment before getting the newest gadget. When such devices are disposed improperly, they are more likely to shatter and release lead to the landscape, which will later make it’s way to the water system. Not only does it release lead, but it also releases other toxic chemicals. These toxic chemicals have the power to contaminate our air, water and soil. These chemicals can cause heart and brain swelling, damage the kidney, bones, lungs, liver, and even the blood. We can help prevent this problem and health complications by encouraging parents to properly dispose these gadgets. There are many companies that focus on the reduction of e-waste by allowing customers to recycle electronics. Don’t be afraid to make a difference—recycle.”

PHOTO: Alejandra Paulino
PHOTO: Alejandra Paulino

Alejandra Paulino, age 11 – “E-waste is not good for the environment and electronics should be donated to the poor. People should be more conscious about electronics and not waste their money for new ones.”