What is E-Waste and Why it’s so important ?

Since its International E-Waste Day lets dig more into it!

International E-Waste Day 14th October 2022

What is E-Waste?

E-Waste (Electronic / Electrical waste) includes anything with plugs cords and electronic components.

The term “E-Waste” is a short form of “Electronic / Electrical Waste” it logically implies to the electronics that are unwanted, not working, has no further use and is rejected as useless or excess to the owner in its current condition.

For example, think of the many TV remotes we have been throwing away.

E-Waste Recycling is one of the most talked-about topics in the world today due its importance to reduce environmental hazard and pollution. E-Waste recycling is a process of disposing electronic items properly. It is a process that helps recover material from electronic waste such as Copper, Tellurium, Manganese, Lithium, Cobalt and Tungsten.

Common items for E-Waste include:

  • Printers
  • Circuit boards
  • Used Laptops
  • Television Remotes
  • Electrical Cords and cables
  • Diabetic Testing Equipment
  • Used Smartphones

Why E-Waste is so important?

Above ground these electronics are safe to use and be around, however most of electronic products contain some form of toxic materials including beryllium, cadmium, mercury and lead.

So, when you throw out your discarded electronic items most often it ends up in the landfill and when E-Waste gets buried at a landfill, it can dissolve in microscopic traces of toxic materials that penetrate the ground below the landfill, which known as leaching. Which cause a serious environmental risk to our soil, water, air and wildlife

Every time you recycle your electronics, you are preventing your E-waste from leaching toxic metals into your groundwater.

The benefits of recycling technology waste?

  • It Saves Landfill

E-Waste recycling saves unnecessary dumps and landfills

  • It allows us to reuse materials

E-waste recycling help us to recover valuable materials from old electronics that can be used to make new products. And lead us to save energy, reduce pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • It takes care of the environment

E-waste recycling provides proper handling and management of toxic chemical contained in discarded electronics.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Reduce | Think twice about getting your devices upgraded, consider limiting the number of electronics you own. If you don’t really need an extra gadget, look for devices that have multiple functions

Reuse | If you’re planning to change your device, try returning it to the manufacturer, you can ask if they have a process for returning old electronics and their materials for credit. There is also the possibility of donating them to charities

Recycle | If there’s no way to reuse it return the item, you can give it to a recycling facility who will recycle it.

You can Contact Recycle Right to request a collection today!