Electrical Waste (EW) refers to discarded electrical and electronic products. These products may be defective or broken, resulting in excessive electrical energy being used when they should be turned off. Electronic devices can contain harmful components such as lead, mercury, cadmium, barium, and bacteria. These components can find their way into landfills and the most environmentally-friendly method of disposing of them is through recycling. The improper handling of electronic and electrical waste products can cause damage to the environment.
Electronic waste or e Waste describes any product that contains an electrical component and is destined for disposal. Recyclable, electronic waste materials that could be disposed of in a safe manner can be recycled. E-Waste has the potential to contaminate surrounding soil and water supplies, as well as the soil and water bodies surrounding facilities where electronic waste is disposed. The Environmental Protection Agency acts as a steward of the nation’s environmental resources and sets national guidelines for reducing and containing the quantity of e-wastage that is produced and sent to landfills or incinerators. A portion of these guidelines allow communities to reclaim the natural resources of affected sites through reclamation projects.
There are many hazardous substances that are contained in electronic waste. Electically-powered equipment can create aerosols, vaporizes, and leaks that release hazardous chemicals and substances into the air. These emissions can irritate people’s eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. The effects of electro-magnetic fields on the human body have not been adequately studied. However, sufficient scientific evidence reveals that electromagnetic fields can trigger abnormalities in the brain, cardiovascular systems, immune systems, endocrine system, nervous system, and gastrointestinal tract. These symptoms can result in short-term or long-term health consequences.
There are a variety of Electrically-Washed (EVW) generators available to serve a variety of site requirements. Site selection is critical. Site selection is dependent upon the volume of electrical waste to be moved, the proximity of the waste’s exposure to moisture, the proximity of the waste’s exposure to the ground, and the speed of conveyance to the final destination. All electrical generators require basic Site Selection considerations.
Site Selection: Choosing an appropriate site for an electrical washer and generator can be daunting. Land use must be compatible with the intended use of the equipment, such as if the equipment is to be used near a residence, the proximity to a water source, and access to power lines. Also, the site must provide easy and safe access for maintenance and installation. The site may also need to protect natural resources.
The location of the device is dependent upon the intended use. If the equipment is to be used near a residence, it will need to be close to a water source and easy to access by electrician. Water supply may affect the electrician’s accessibility. A water source should not pose a safety hazard. The proximity to power lines can restrict access. An electrician must be nearby during repair or installation.
The presence of objects that could potentially damage or electrocute the electrical washer should be identified prior to installation. This includes surrounding vegetation, power lines, nearby buildings, trees, etc. It is important to locate the device so it is within a reasonable distance from all objects that could potentially interfere. For example, the washer should be placed six to twelve feet away from any trees.
Installation: The process of installing the washer and generator is relatively simple. If the washer and generator are to be located indoors, the installation should be completed within three to five minutes. For outdoor installations, it is typically performed between three to five minutes. A standard instruction set for installation is provided with the manufacturer.