In our last blog, we gave an introduction to e-waste. Here, we’ll take it further and talk about what e-waste recycling is and why it is extremely important for the environment and us.
The device you are reading this article is from will eventually become a waste piece once it is no longer of use to you. You might sell it off to someone or exchange it for a new device. Where does it go when you give it away? What happens to the device once the stores collect them? This is where the term e-waste recycling comes into the picture.
What all components or parts of e-waste are recyclable?
- Circuit Boards
- Hard Disks
- Toners and Ink Cartridges
What is E-Waste Recycling?
E-waste recycling is the processing of the waste collected to turn them into reusable products or components. The process involves recovering material from electronic and electrical waste. This gives a new life to the old and discarded products. These recycled components or materials will be very useful in manufacturing new products.
E-waste is a term that is still not as familiar as it is to be. While plastic waste has gained significant awareness, e-waste is still lesser-known. This leads to more waste on the planet and a resource that goes to waste.
Recycling e-waste is extremely crucial for the environment, preserving fossil fuels from exhaustion, and protecting human and animal life.
What parts/components of e-waste are recyclable?
The entire device, for example, a mobile phone, is made up of several different materials. Not all materials are recyclable in the same way. Different materials need different recycling processes. Here is a list of components that are recyclable.
Yes, electronics contain plastic in huge ratios. The plastic waste material from these devices is recyclable. The recycled plastic can be used in the making of insulators, trays, equipment holders, and more.
The metal components in electronic devices are recyclable and will be useful in the making of new metals or steel products.
CRT’s present in TVs and monitors are a form of glass that is recyclable. However, CRTs are a little complicated material as they contain hazardous chemicals such as lead. Recycling these components require highly knowledgeable recyclers and a stringent recycling process.
Circuit boards are made using several different resources such as gold, palladium, silver, copper, and few other valuable metals. These metals can be extracted and used in the making of new products.
Aluminium ingots are a component that can be attained after processing and shredding hard disks. These components are widely used in the automobile industry.
Toner and Ink Cartridges
Toners and ink cartridges are useful in remanufacturing them and recyclers sought after these objects. The plastic material extracted from them is used as raw material in making new products.
Batteries contain several metals such as steel, nickel, cobalt, and cadmium which can be used in making new batteries. Further, these metals are also used in fabricating stainless steel.
Electronic devices that contain mercury are sent to special recycling centres. Here, the mercury component is carefully separated from the device and is eliminated. The materials are then used in the making of dental amalgams, fluorescent lighting, and metric instruments.
Why is E-waste Recycling necessary?
Recycling e-waste is very important in the present-day world. It has major benefits. Some of the advantages of recycling are as follows.
- E-waste recycling helps in conversing natural resources and fossil fuels
- It protects the environment from toxins and other harmful components
- It contributes towards economic growth by creating jobs in the recycling industry
- E-waste recycling contributes towards creating a circular economy
We will go into the details of the advantages of e-waste recycling in our coming blog.
As a consumer, the least we can do is dispose of our e-waste responsibly. Some of the ways we can do that are by putting them in recycling bins at electronic stores, exchanging them for new devices, and selling them off to a scrap dealer. Recykal’s programs and digital solutions enable to channel of waste through proper channels and help streamline the waste management process.