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Statistics on Electronic Waste Recycling

Jun 25

From small startups working out of their garages to giant manufacturers employing thousands, every business relies on some form of technology. With smartphones, computers and tablets keeping everyone connected, and machinery and appliances ensuring everything keeps running smoothly, old gadgets don’t belong in the trash — they need to be properly recycled. For more click

Electronics Recycling, also known as E-waste recycling, is one of the most sustainable and efficient ways to get rid of obsolete electronic equipment. It is a necessary process that ensures toxic materials, like beryllium, cadmium and mercury, don’t get into our soil, groundwater or atmosphere where they can cause health issues for people and animals.

The first step in electronics recycling is the collection of e-waste devices by various community drop-off points, certain retailers or manufacturers through their mail-in, take-back or warranty programs. Once collected, the devices are either refurbished and resold or sent to recycling facilities where they can be sorted, cleaned, and processed into materials that can be used again in manufacturing.

Most electronic devices contain a complex mix of materials, including precious metals such as gold and silver, and valuable plastics and minerals such as copper and nickel. They also include toxic heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium, as well as harmful chemicals such as brominated flame retardants.

E-waste is shredded into small pieces so they can be accurately sorted. At this stage, certain items may be manually dismantled for component recovery or reuse. The shredded e-waste is then sent to specialized facilities for processing into useful raw materials.