Electronic waste or e-waste is the term used to explain unusable electronic products that are either broken, undesired, or at the end of their lifespan. Electronic wastes can be recycled and the materials can be reused in different products. Electronic device use is increasing rapidly. In their daily life, everyone contributes to this growing pile of electronic waste. Due to this contribution, the toxic chemicals and hazardous waste released from e-waste are increasingly continuing to poison the environment.
Whether it is at home or work, we use electronics and produce electronic waste. Only 17.4% of e-waste discarded in 2019 was recycled. When considered, it is evident that this percentage is very deficient and endangers the planet.
Electronic waste can be categorized into eight different categories:
The reprocessing and re-use of electronic wastes are referred to as e-waste recycling or weee recycling. In other words, it’s a method for recovering materials from electronic waste. You can use the recycled materials in new electronic items this way.
Do you know that around the world only 10% of electronic waste is recycled? It is a very small percentage. The other 90% of the electronic waste is going to be thrown away, be burned or be illegally traded.
Moreover, the electronic waste contains chemicals like mercury, lead, beryllium, and cadmium that are threats to people’s health and the environment’s healthy functioning. When electronics manage poorly during the disposal process then these chemicals are concluded in our planet’s soil, water, and air.
The world’s fastest-growing waste stream is electronic waste. Furthermore, the estimated amount is almost 52.2 million metric tonnes by 2021, and that amount of electronic waste stands for the weight of nearly 4,500 Eiffel towers.
For the sake of nature 90% of electronic waste globally is so dangerous. That’s why we need to learn how to dispose of our electronic waste. And also it is important to learn the waste recycling process for your businesses.
Globally, 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated according to a UN report. And the leading countries of electronic waste are, respectively, China, U.S, India, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, Germany, U.K and France.
Most countries have difficulties in managing their electronic waste. However, some unique and successful examples from the world are valuable such as Switzerland. In Switzerland, they collect their electronic waste and recycle 75% of their waste. By collecting and recycling, Switzerland has great success in asset management. And also, citizen management is very crucial in the Switzerland example. Due to that, there is a strong recycling culture within the country.
In the Tokyo Olympics, Japan has become a role model in electronic waste management. Japan wanted to take attention to the importance of recycling in the subject of waste management. This purpose resulted in the Medal Project, which aims to create all the Olympic Medals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics from recycled electronic wastes. Japan used all kinds of recyclable electronic waste such as cell phones that were gathered from all over their country. And they created the Tokyo 2020 Olympics medals from recycled electronic waste.
Another example is from Singapore, which recycles a large proportion of its electronic waste. There is a great success in Singapore because they adapt themselves to the latest technologies in waste management solutions. These high-techs are valuable to consider on waste management solutions. One of the greatest examples of the latest technologies in waste management is RFID technology (radio-frequency identification system) which makes it easier to track waste trucks and improves efficiency. Another instance of the latest technology in waste management is MRF ( material recovery facility), which increases the efficiency of your waste management.
Furthermore, Malaysia will be utilizing our solutions in their electronic waste disposal. Because of Evreka, we ensure efficiency and improvement in the quality of your business’s waste management. With our software and hardware solutions, it is effortless for your business to manage your electronic waste.
As we mentioned before, efficient electronic waste management is very important for a better future. And there is a significant lack in electronic waste disposal, as globally 90% of electronic waste is not recycled.
Electronic waste recycling has a valuable role in our steps globally for a better future. Singapore, Switzerland and very soon Malaysia are the leading countries for efficient electronic waste disposal. Hopefully, in the near future, 100% of electronic waste will be recycled. And electronic waste that is in the weight of nearly 4,500 Eiffel towers will not be created by human beings.
After acknowledging the importance of electronic waste management, If you are asking yourself where can I get rid of old electronics then your answer is here!
The steps you can take for efficient electronic waste disposal with Evreka are designed meticulously. Today, choose Evreka in your business’s waste management process and meet with the best
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