Electronics Recycling Made Easy
Posted by computerrecycle50 on September 20th, 2013
Electronics Recycling is a process of reverting obsolete electronic equipment back to its raw form. This is done by sorting, dismantling and recovering valuable materials. Obsolete electronic devices are a major source of environmentally hazardous materials when untreated; otherwise they are a valuable source of raw materials for manufacturing new and advanced devices. Rapid pace of technological advancement and ever falling costs of electronics have resulted in a fast-growing problem of electronic waste disposal. As per an estimate, 50 million tons of e-waste is produced every year. Another estimate from Environmental Protection Agency states that only 15-20% of electronic waste is recycled, remaining goes into landfills and incinerators.
Need of Electronics Recycling:
A complex electronic circuit can contain up to 60 valuable and scarce materials. Recycling the same would result in diminished demand of virgin raw materials, reduced demand of electricity and pure water for associated manufacturing and reduced costs of manufacturing electronic devices. Electronics recycling would also contribute in making the modern technology available to wider society due to increased affordability of electronic devices. Conserving nature has become a global mantra today and electronic devices have become the backbone of the modern advanced technological societies. Therefore, proper decomposition or reuse of electronics is vital. Increasing awareness of environmental hazards due to electronic waste has alarmed the world and has led to Electronic recycling becoming a social and legal obligation for organizations.
Stages in Electronic Recycling:
Electronics Recycling process starts with end of life electronic equipments like Computers and Monitors, Televisions, Printers and Fax machines, Cellphones, Stereos, VCR/DVD players, Data Storage Systems etc. An Electronics Recycling Company will first collect these equipments, and then the order will be recorded and verified. The technical recycle process will then start with Separation and Disassembly of electronic devices, sorting, shredding and baling and then finally shipping for materials processing.
The massive amount of electronic waste generation has led the prominent world leaders to assess scientifically and incorporate a comprehensive vision of social, economic and environmental aspects of electronic waste. There is an international initiative for Electronic waste management known as “Solving the E-waste problem (STEP). STEP organizes researches on the complete life-cycle of electronic and electrical devices and their corresponding supply and material flows. It also fosters safe and energy-efficient reuse and Electronics recycling practices around the world in a socially/ environmentally responsible manner. By allowing an Electronics Recycling company to safely process electronic waste, various industries can be provided with the recycled materials as raw material, avoiding landfills and in turn contributing to a healthier environment.