The Term "E-Waste" Added To The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The term "e-waste" was recently added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. This reflects the growing acknowledgement of e-waste as a very real and distinct form of waste that should be handled in a separate manner from regular waste. The formal definition is "Waste consisting of discarded electronic products (as computers, televisions, and cell phones)." According to Merriam-Webster, the first use of e-waste was in 2004. The term "e-waste" was one of 150 new words added to Merriam-Webster's online database.

At WhiteCanyon, we advocate re-using hard drives whenever possible by wiping them. However, eventually drives fail and no longer have a useful life in which case recycling them becomes necessary. In such cases, the resulting e-waste should be responsibly handled according to standards such as ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, RIOS, and the Basel Convention. We're happy to see this small but important recognition of e-waste as a distinct segment.


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