Find e-waste under ‘e’
May 23, 2014 by Recyling International Editorial Staff
This relatively young term first appeared in 2004, notes Peter Sokolowski, a lexicographer and editor for Merriam-Webster. He has officially defined it as ‘waste consisting of discarded electronic products such as computers, televisions and mobile phones’.
Another sustainability-related word to be included is ‘freegan’ – in effect, someone who scavenges for free food in store and restaurant bins as a way to reduce consumption of resources, explains Sokolowski. This kind of environmentalism was a ‘Lone Ranger’ activity back in 2006 but has ‘taken off’ in light of growing resource concerns and ‘green’ trends.
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