With more than 50 million metric tons of e-waste generated globally every year, the need for e-waste disposal and tech recycling is only going to increase. Small electronics such as microwaves, shavers, and cameras account for 31 percent of the waste, whereas 28 percent is generated by large electronics such as washing machines and refrigerators. E-waste has been shown to contain more than 1000 chemicals, many of which are hazardous and harmful substances, including lead, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, chromium, and others. So it’s hard to ignore the major health and environmental threat the hazardous E-waste poses.
Whether you’re a manufacturer, consumer, retailer, or organization, it is crucial to understand the types of E-Waste is produced and how it should be effectively recycled. E-waste can be classified as a business and personal E-waste.
Electrical and electronic equipment thrown as garbage by the bulk consumer, as well as rejects from production, refurbishing, and repair processes, are referred to as business e-waste. Compared to personal e-waste, businesses produce way more E-waste, considering the number of electronic devices each employee owns in any business.
How To Reduce Business E-Waste
- You could order a box to fill and ship it to the e-recycler company. Containers range in size from small to half pallets for many office electronics.
- Check your area’s resources for E-Waste management companies. Many recycling companies’ websites specify places where you can donate or recycle electronics, batteries, cables, and other devices.
- Other than disposal, reuse business machines and electronics. While old, lower-specification laptops, printers, and phones may not be of use to you, it may be perfectly acceptable for someone else.
Examples of Business E-Waste
- Industrial scraps, Batteries, Desktop computers, peripherals, circuit boards, and cables, hard disk drives, Network equipment, Office equipment, Data center equipment, Telecom equipment, Storage media, Mobile devices, Display devices, Laboratory and medical equipment, Point of sales (POS) equipment, Consumer electronics
Personal E-Waste refers to household appliances and devices, toys, tools, music, cars, and wearables. When these devices reach the end of their useful lives, they become personal e-waste.
How To Reduce Personal E-Waste
- Reduce the consumption of electronic devices.
- Repair broken equipment before purchasing new items
- Reuse your electronic devices by donating items to charity, friends, or family
- Recycle your electronic devices
Examples of Personal E-Waste
- Home appliances: Microwaves, electric cookers, blenders, heaters, and fans are considered some of the most common personal e-waste.
- Communication and Information Technology devices: Cell phones, smartphones, desktop computers, etc.
- Home entertainment devices: There are DVDs, Blu-Ray Players, Stereos, Televisions, Printers, Video Game Systems, Projectors, Fax machines, etc.
Approaches to Business and Personal E-Waste Challenge
The majority of e-waste produced worldwide is not recycled, and it frequently contains components that are hazardous to human health and the environment. The growing business and personal e-waste problem call for a greater emphasis on recycling and better e-waste management.
Luckily in Bangladesh, there are several companies that are actively participating in e-waste recycling. Among them, JR Recycling Solutions Ltd. is one of the expanding businesses that effectively recycles all kinds of e-waste, such as home appliances, information technology, telecommunication equipment, consumer electronic devices, and other medium and small-sized electrical and electronic equipment for businesses.
JR is among the leading providers of telecoms and corporate recycling solutions. Some of the renowned companies of our country, such as Robi Axiata Limited, Banglalink, and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), also take services from JR.
Even after you wipe your electronic devices, your personal information can still be stored on them, which is another reason why people keep them. JR Recycling Solution can recycle these devices, without compromising any confidential data.
Moreover, the company ensures improved health and a safe environment by recovering precious metals like gold, silver, palladium, and to a lesser extent, platinum, copper, aluminum, nickel, tin, zinc, and iron in a cost-effective way.