Electronic and electrical goods have become indispensable parts of our lives now. We cannot think of surviving without these products anymore. For instance, just think of your life without your laptop, computer, your tab, your cell phone, the flat screen television and so on. Another interesting fact in this regard is that the electronic companies manufacture higher versions of these devices and we replace the older ones with the latest models. Research reports say that almost 30-50 million tons of electrical and electronic goods are simply thrown away every year. And such stuffs are categorized under e-waste. Survey reports also say that the volume of such wastes is expected to increase by 3-5% per year as people don’t hesitate progressing towards ‘smarter’ products by dumping the older ones.
Where do the older and used electronic products head to?
This is a very important question that needs answers. You might find the old cell phone or tablet tucked in some corner of the drawer or the TV screen to be dumped in the storeroom. Worst of all these products are seen to fill up landfills fast causing various kinds of environmental issues. To handle this increasing problem in the most effective manner, it is recommended to work towards e-waste recycling. These programs should be designed and implemented in such a manner that the valuable product inside the electronic material will be utilized and seems to get a new life completely.
Recycling of e-waste – getting new sources from old ones
Attempts are being all over the world towards development of a circular economy, where various wastes are being considered as a potential resource source. It has been estimated by researchers that more than 2 billion Euros can be earned as revenues from recycled e-waste in the European market alone. The amount of earnings is expected to rise to almost double by 2020.
Various kinds of electronic products like tablets, smartphones and other items contain different kinds of precious materials in them like palladium, gold, platinum, cobalt, silver, copper etc. With suitable methodology it is possible to identify the key materials that are available from the e-waste and prioritize their investment in some other industry. The material composition is checked, the degree of purity is evaluated and price volatility is calculated before recycling e-wastes.
Computer recycling and laptop recycling are gaining immense popularity along with recycling of other e-products like TVs, cell phones, tablets LED and LCD notebooks, computer monitors and solar panels.
Protection of planet with effective e-waste recycling
Environmental pollution can be combated to a great extent with effective e-waste recycling through suitable methodology. With the process of recycling, the used products will not get dumped in landfills causing pollution of all kinds – soil pollution, water pollution, air pollution and so on. Various virgin resources can be conserved via the process helping in manufacturing different kinds of high-tech consumer products. Along with these products, items for automotive, aerospace and other industries can be manufactured from the recycled e-waste materials.