Visual Essay Pitch

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Zhang (2011) claims that โ€œFive hundred million personal computers contain approximately 2,872,0001t of plastics, 718,000 t of lead, 1363 t of cadmium and 287 t of mercuryโ€. This only accounts for one type of electronic component, and according to Prasad and Vithanage (2019), โ€œin 2016, the gold in the worldโ€™s e-waste equated to 1/10th of the gold mined globally that yearโ€. Therefore, despite all of this e-waste being obsolete, it still contains extremely valuable resources, which could greatly help the worldโ€™s economies and boost the amount of resources we have available, meaning mining, deforesting, and other harmful activities could be greatly reduced.


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