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CHANCES ARE HIGH that you’ll be getting or giving new electronics this holiday season: an Phone upgrade for mom perhaps, or maybe a new laptop. Device upgrades have become increasingly frequent for many of us. Unfortunately, too many people give virtually no thought to what becomes of all these discarded gadgets.
And neither are most device manufacturers.
Some 41.5 million tons of electronic waste was generated in 2011, and that number is expected to rise to 93.5 million by 2016. Right now, 70 to 80 percent of all that old gadgetry goes straight to landfills.
Many companies have green initiatives. Apple in particular has made notable, documented efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, powering a majority of its retail stores and data centres with renewable energy, developing more efficient packaging design, and designing products that use less power than their predecessors. But if your products are going to be tossed out in a year, that’s a tremendous amount of wasted resources.
In the past, computers were designed to be relatively easy to disassemble, like PC towers. You could swap out dead parts and batteries, add more memory if it got sluggish, even replace a motherboard. But in the mid-2000s, things started to change. Apple introduced the ultra-thin, ultra-light MacBook Air and the industry enthusiastically followed with heaping helpings of devices that, while slim, were very difficult to repair due to the construction compromises required to achieve that svelte profile. Smart phones and tablets followed with an even faster purchasing and chucking cycle.
As mobile gadgets exploded we became a culture that abandoned its gear regularly, on a massive scale. It’s an epic environmental and economic problem not simply because people aren’t properly recycling their old devices, but because many devices are all but impossible to recycle efficiently.
Electronics include a host of environmentally deleterious chemicals like mercury, cadmium, lead, phosphors, arsenic, and beryllium. When they end up in a landfill, these chemicals eventually seep into the ground and into our water supply. Thus, properly disposing of them through programs offered by EP WASTE MANAGEMENT, are paramount.
But that’s only part of the equation. Manufacturers also play a vital role in the success (or failure) of this endeavour.
The Recycling Process
When you turn your device in to get recycled, a few things happen. First, it’s assessed.
1) Does it have dents or scratches?
2) A broken screen?
3) Does it turn on?
If it’s in good shape, the product is wiped of any remaining data and repackaged to be resold. This is generally done by hand. You can mechanize the cleaning, but the assessment, fixing, re-testing, and repackaging is still a very human and touch-related business.
If a product’s not fit to resell or the manufacturer isn’t interested in selling refurbished gadgets, it is disassembled and shredded so things like steel, copper, and aluminium can be recycled. Glass is also melted down and recycled. When you send your device to a recycling outfit like EP WASTE MANAGEMENT, nothing ends up in the landfill. For such an effort to be worthwhile, two things must be considered: What’s the value of the raw materials that can be recovered from the device, and how much effort does it take to get them?
Therefore only the following products can be recycled with EP WASTE MANAGEMENT:
Item State of Item
PC Towers Complete units or the following parts: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, Power Supply, Outer Casing
CRT Monitors Complete Unit or Broken Unit but no broken glass
Keyboards Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Mice Complete Unit or Broken Unit
LCD Screens Complete Unit or Broken Unit but no broken glass
Laptops Complete Unit or Broken Unit but no broken glass, or the following parts: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, Power Supply, Outer Casing
Servers Complete Unit or Broken Unit or the following parts: Motherboard, CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, Power Supply, Outer Casing
Routers Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Switches Complete Unit or Broken Unit
External Hard Drives Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Printers Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Scanners Complete Unit or Broken Unit but no broken glass
Computer Cables Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Cell Phones Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Tablets Complete Unit or Broken Unit
MP3 Players / iPods Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Projectors Complete Unit or Broken Unit
ATM Machines Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Computer Cabinets Complete Unit or Broken Unit
Make contact with EP WASTE MANAGEMENT to recycle your e waste TODAY!