by A. Turgeman
Chazal say that when HaKodosh Boruch Hu created Odom
Horishon and placed him among the trees in the Garden, He
told him to take heed how lovely the work of Creation was:
"Beware lest you destroy My world."
The message was that Man is liable to destroy Creation in a
physical way, and even more so in a spiritual way, when he
fails to fulfill his designated task. A very tangible and
distressing example of Man's ability to destroy Heaven's
blessing in a physical way has been made manifest in recent
newspaper reports which say water resources are being
endangered by electronic waste, including parts from
computers and electronic appliances that make their way to
makeshift dumping sites and could pollute national water
The Ministry of the Environment's Department for Waste
Disposal has issued warnings regarding the danger. The
ministry is concerned that the hazardous materials found in
electronic waste will get absorbed into underground water
and water resources. The head of the Environment Ministry's
Department of Solid Waste Disposal, Ilan Nissim, told
Ma'ariv that the issue of electronic waste disposal
is new in Israel. So far, there is no governmental body that
handles electronic waste disposal from residential homes.
Nissim says parts from computers and other electronic
appliances contain poisonous metals like mercury, cadmium
and nickel, and can even contain poisonous gases,
Other agencies have also warned against the potential
hazards. The Yarok, Kochol, Lavan environmental
newsletter warned that the penetration of hazardous
materials from electronic waste into underground water could
cause problems for generations to come.
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