How to Recycle Non-Value eWaste

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What is e-waste?

E-Waste is referred to the waste generating from electronics. E-waste is generated after an electronic device has reached its usefulness or is no longer functional. The waste can be from household electronics such as refrigerators, any cooking devices or cleaning devices, or electronic devices from companies such as storage media, drives, computers, etc. 

E-waste is the electronic equipment discarded by its users as the equipment was close to the end of their useful life.

E-Waste includes gold and much more.

Unlike gold, several other substances are found in e-waste as a coating, for appearance, safety, and various other helpful purposes. These chemicals are extracted to be reused. Following are some chemicals, substances found in e-waste products:

Americium, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Sulfur, Brominated Flame Retardants, Perfluorooctanoic acid, Beryllium Oxide, Polyvinyl Chloride, Aluminum, Copper, Germanium, Gold, Lithium, Nickel, Silicon, Tin, Zinc, etc.

When these substances will be collected in large numbers it will be able to reduce the shortage of raw material in the market. 

Are you wondering how do these small parts can cause trouble in the world?

 We know anything electrical if not handled carefully then it can be hazardous.

Electronic equipment has wires, chemicals. Even when devices are in proper condition, they still catch fire, cause accidents so when they are not functioning properly, keeping them idle in one place will not be a good solution. 

A common mistake that people do to discard unwanted electronic devices is that they throw them with the common disposal which is wrong. This way the equipment gets mixed with soil and water causing soil and water pollution as the equipment loses micro particles which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

When these particles and chemicals get mixed with they create toxicity in the soil and water which affect the environment and all the living beings. 

It affects human beings in various like affecting nervous systems, immune system, bronchitis, hormones, developmental problems, and much more. It is all because those are not meant to go inside our body but unknowingly we are consuming it because we are not careful how we are disposing of our e-waste.

To lower the effects caused by unattended e-waste we should reuse, reduce and recycle e-waste.       

Benefits of recycling e-waste.

Recycling e-waste involves the process of processing the collecting parts of the electronic devices and processing them further to a different product so that the material will again have a value and a purpose.

Apart from reducing particles in air, land, and water to save humans and animals, there are various other ways through which recycling e-waste can have benefits for humans and living beings in the ecosystem.

Sustainable environment.

There are some materials found on earth that are exhaustible which means the amount of that resource is limited on earth and there are inexhaustible resources that can’t be used up completely.

Copper, aluminum, iron, etc., are exhaustible and they are not only used in electronic products but also in several other products which is why we need to reduce the consumption of these resources. 

If we responsibly use the exhaustible resources by keeping in mind that we require the resources in the future, then we can create a sustainable environment by recycling the e-waste.

Affordable products.

After collecting the materials and processing them, the cost for procuring the material will be below. This is because this process will require less specific materials to extract minerals and resources from the earth. 

Also, if the devices are donated or sold as a second-hand product, those in need will be able to afford the required technology at an affordable price.

Buyers can be schools, children, new small-scale companies.

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Data can be efficiently removed.

We delete our data with the hope that it got deleted from the device but some instances show that data remains in the computers and devices even after we have selected the delete option. This is because the device still keeps the data stored, which was said to be kept as a feature to retrieve data in case of an accidental dental but some people use this advantage to hack data of large companies who are unaware of the situation.

Through the help of e-waste recycling companies and vendors, you can be assured that they have sanitized the data from your devices before reselling their parts or destroying them.

Even if you still don’t trust the process of removing data from your devices through software then you can opt for media destruction companies who will mechanically destroy your devices after sainting the data from your devices. You can even watch the process by witnessing the process or have it videotaped. They destroy the electronic equipment with electronic devices which are completely closed to avoid hazards.

Create jobs.

This new processor addition of this process will bring new employment opportunities. To carry out this process labor will be required

  • To collect the materials from sources.
  • To send the e-waste to its buyers or its own company will require transportation.
  • To carry out the process separation of the e-wastes.
  • To carry out the processing of the e-waste. It will also require supervisors at every step.
  • It will also then carry out the step to deliver the recycled waste to its potential buyers.
  • It will need to advertise its company.
  • Accountants will be required and so on.

Therefore, slowly like this, a company will be formed and then few competitors will be formed and hence more employment.

The amount of e-waste in the landfill can be reduced by recycling through following ways:

Introduce e-waste in the company.

Make the employees aware of the e-waste, how to avoid e-waste, what causes e-waste, what is e-waste, etc. this is necessary as the employees at low-level hierarchy are ones who use electronic devices more than the high-level hierarchy employees.

Resell your e-waste.

Vendors like ITAD collect the e-waste from the companies and resell it in the secondary market. This way, companies will be able to receive some amount of money and reduce the financial cost of the company which won’t be the case if the e-waste was just disposed of.  Reselling through ITAD is a good choice since the ITAD know the market and will be able to fetch better return.

Donate to institutions.

Instead of keeping the devices idle in the premises of the company, the devices given to the institution which are set up to collect item which is donated by people to be used by the school to teach students. These devices can also be distributed to children for studying.

Return to the seller company.

Many companies, especially mobile companies are now coming up with exchange offer where the buyer can buy new phones in exchange for their previous phones. It is also applicable for cars. This helps in reducing the price of the product and in turn, the device will be then properly recycled which may not be possible for the general public with no nearby recycling institutions.

Sell to the destruction company.

Several destruction companies provide services to destroy storage devices. This process is preferred because the service buyers feel more protected in giving away their storage medium, drives, and devices since they want to avoid fraud. 

Since devices themselves includes small wires and parts that are anyways sometimes not capable of being repaired. When these devices get further crushed, it gives a mental satisfaction that they can no longer be repaired.

Even the number of devices to be recycled can be reduced through the following ways:

Check before buying.

Before buying, look at how long the device can be used such as the number of years the devices will be supported for updates or storage options, whether the device is capable of extending its capacity, whether is meeting your expectations or requirement, whether the device will be serviceable at your home country or the current place you are living in.

Repair.

Repair the device if it still serves the purpose. Check the device at regular intervals so that small repairs can be done to avoid large repairs or to avoid the machine becoming obsolete earlier than expected.

Check the label.

Check whether the device is environmentally friendly, what recycle number does it belong to, whether the device can be recycled or not.

Limit electronics.

Re-evaluate decisions before buying electronics and don’t buy electronics randomly to avoid expenses and e-waste.

Create awareness.

There needs to be awareness of e-waste so that people understand the purpose of e-waste recycling, reduce e-waste and avoid hazardous events to some extent.

Handle with care.

Electronic devices are made of small particles, although companies try to make the device sturdy still screens and water splash can make the devices less efficient. It is also necessary to maintain cleanliness by cleaning the device regularly to avoid the collection of dust and also to properly keep the wires separate to avoid the destruction of devices.

Reuse.

Before opting to recycle or give away the device, discuss with the management of the devices labeled as e-waste can be reused in the company itself and then move forward for recycling them through other companies.

Use cloud services or reliable devices.

Opt for cloud services since cloud services will not include several numbers of storage devices to store data.

Using storage devices with a high capacity of storage is also a great option since it will reduce the number of devices required to store data such as tape drives or disk drives.