Efficient E-Waste Recycling for a Better Future

eWaste | 9 min Read
Efficient E-Waste Recycling for a Better Future

While e-waste management may seem harmless at the surface level, it can be quite the opposite. Not only do some e-waste contain hazardous chemicals, but the amount of e-waste throughout the world is increasing exponentially every year. Both of these problems can have detrimental effects on human health and the environment. Read on to discover the consequences of improper e-waste disposal, what can be done to prevent them, and how Evreka’s state-of-the-art waste management solutions can help with the process.

What is e-waste?

Electronic waste — or informally called “e-waste” — is the umbrella term for any type of discarded electronic device. Examples of e-waste include: old and/or unusable computer monitors, phones, batteries, television remotes, microwaves, toasters. You can check out our eBook, Fundamentals of E-Waste Management & Recycling, to find out more.

Consequences of improper e-waste disposal

As stated before, improper e-waste disposal can lead to serious problems. The ones we will be focusing on are environmental risks caused by hazardous chemicals and overconsumption.

Hazardous Chemicals

Some e-waste contains harmful chemicals such as:

  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Beryllium
  • Brominated flame retardants

If these chemicals get mixed with other wastes in a garbage truck or landfill, they may contaminate them and the soil, and thus pollute the environment. This in itself is awful, but what is worse is that when other, recyclable wastes get contaminated, they can no longer be recycled.

Overconsumption

Globally, we produce, on average, 50 million tonnes of e-waste annually. This number is expected to rise to 52.2 million tonnes by 2021, and 74.7 million tonnes by 2030 with an expectation of 9kg of e-waste per person.

These are horrific numbers. What’s more, Aaron Blum, the co-founder and chief operating officer of the recycling giant ERI, told TIME Magazine that the popularization of 5G “will result in a dramatic increase in e-waste, as millions of smartphones, modems and other gadgets incompatible with 5G networks are made obsolete.” This only means there will be more e-wastes dumped in landfills in the future.

Consequences of improper e-waste disposal

How can these be prevented?

For the general population, in addition to separating e-wastes from regular wastes, the answer for this question lies in the 3R method:

  • Reduce your e-waste generation by keeping your devices in good condition
  • Reuse still functioning electronic devices by donating or selling it
  • Recycle the products that cannot be repaired or given away

As for waste management or recycling companies, the most important aspect of e-waste collection or e-waste recycling is to make sure to keep e-wastes separated from other wastes.

Evreka

While e-waste management is a difficult process, with Evreka’s revolutionary hardware and software, it has never been easier! Our solutions can help you:

  • Track every step of e-waste pickup and recycling processes
  • Control your assets by having real-time information on the fullness level, temperature, and location of your containers
  • Track your assets, fleet, and employees
  • Assign tasks with efficient routes
  • Prevent unwanted events in the field

Sign up for our DEMO today, or check out our cutting-edge solutions to get started on smart e-waste management, and boost your profits in no time!

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