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Technology gives the environment a headache

Update: February, 20/2016 - 12:00

Technology is always changing.

This means that all sorts of devices are useful one day and useless the next.

Then they are thrown away.

This has caused an environmental problem because old devices have things in them that can cause pollution to land, water and air.

Rapid changes in technology, changes in software, falling prices, and planned obsolescence, have resulted in a fast-growing buildup of electronic waste in Viet Nam.
Rapid changes in technology, changes in software, falling prices, and planned obsolescence, have resulted in a fast-growing buildup of electronic waste in Viet Nam. - Photothoibaokinhdoanh.vn

HUNG YEN (VNS) — Rapid changes in technology, changes in software, falling prices, and planned obsolescence, have resulted in a fast-growing buildup of electronic waste in Viet Nam.

Cam Xa Commune in the northern province of Hung Yen's My Hao District is considered to be the "e-waste capital of the country".

E-waste, or electronic waste, describes end-of-life electrical goods, such as computers, televisions, printers, and mobile phones.

According to the deputy chairman of the communal People's Committee, Nguyen Khac Toan, the work of collecting electronic waste began ten years ago and has developed very quickly.

Today there are more than 100 area households employed in this work, which also provides jobs for hundreds of labourers in the region, he told Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh (Business Times) newspaper.

Every day, dozens of cars and trucks from these households travel throughout the country's northern areas to collect e-waste.

Hoang Van Son, an owner of an e-waste recycling workshop, said he drove his car to collect the waste in big cities such as Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh.

After disassembling and classifying all parts from these products, they would then be sold to recycling workshops, private electric repair shops or exported to China, Son added.

However, this collection and disposal are causing a variety of environmental problems, such as groundwater contamination, atmospheric pollution, and water pollution by immediate discharge, as well as health problems, including  occupational safety and health effects among those people directly and indirectly involved, due to the methods of processing the waste.

Due to the crude recycling process, many pollutants, such as heavy metals, are released from e-waste, which can easily accumulate in the human body through the inhalation of contaminated air.

"All processes of dismantling and disposing of electric waste are done by hand. The workers use only gloves and gauze.

GLOSSARY

Rapid changes in technology, changes in software, falling prices, and planned obsolescence, have resulted in a fast-growing buildup of electronic waste in Viet Nam.

 

If something is in a state of obsolescence, it is not wanted even if it is perfect working order.

Today there are more than 100 area households employed in this work, which also provides jobs for hundreds of labourers in the region, he told Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh (Business Times) newspaper.

When people are employed, they have jobs.

Labourers are workers, usually those without skills who use their strong bodies to do work.

Hoang Van Son, an owner of an e-waste recycling workshop, said he drove his car to collect the waste in big cities such as Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh.

Recycling means making something useful out of something that has finished being useful.

After disassembling and classifying all parts from these products, they are then sold to recycling workshops, private electric repair shops or exported to China, Son added.

Disassembling means breaking something down.

To classify all the parts means to work out exactly what they are and where they come from.

However, this collection and disposal are causing a variety of environmental problems, such as groundwater contamination, atmospheric pollution, and water pollution by immediate discharge, as well as health problems, including occupational safety and health effects among those people directly and indirectly involved, due to the methods of processing the waste.

Disposal means throwing something away.

A variety of problems means many different types of problems.

Contamination means pollution.

Atmospheric pollution means pollution of the air.

Discharge means flowing out.

Due to the crude recycling process, many pollutants, such as heavy metals, are released from e-waste, which can easily accumulate in the human body through the inhalation of contaminated air.

A crude recycling process is one that is not done in a smart way.

Pollutants are things that create pollution.

When things accumulate, they collect together in one place.

Inhalation means breathing in.

Contaminated air is polluted air.

"All processes of dismantling and disposing of electric waste are done by hand. The workers use only gloves and gauze.

Dismantling means much the same as disassembling.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following  in the Word Search.

1.What people do when they use parts of old and useless devices to make something new and useful.

2. Hoang Van Son's form of transport.

3. Devices that often become e-waste.

4. What is Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh?

5. The country to which Hoang Van Son sells some old devices.

 

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1. Recycling; 2. Car; 3. Televisions; 4. (A) newspaper; 5. China.

 

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