Instead Of Mining The Earth, We Should Just Mine E-waste Instead

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While the proliferation of digital devices is already a problem for the planet it’s not getting the attention it deserves. Electronics are discarded when they reach the end of their useful life. Despite the fact that they contain valuable minerals that could again be used and have economic value, their recycling rate is still low. Scientists are now calling for a greater recycling of electronic waste, and describing the expansion in mining as unsustainable.

A circular economy

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), an UK science organization, has launched a global campaign to highlight the unsustainability of continuing to mine precious elements used in consumer technology. RSC launched a global campaign to emphasize the sustainability of mining all precious elements for consumer technology. It is essential that governments and businesses work together to create a circular economy. The RSC’s new research revealed a growing need from consumers for sustainable technology.

The RSC conducted a global survey to find out how people feel about technology, sustainability and precious minerals. More than half of respondents said they worry about the environmental impact of unused tech devices at home, but did not know what to do with them. According to a UN report , 53.6 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated in 2019. This is an increase of 21% in five years.

E-waste is expected to grow by 74 million tonnes in 2030, nearly doubling its current volume over the past 15 years. According to the UN, e-waste is the fastest growing domestic waste stream globally.

These rising numbers are due to the high use of electronic equipment, their short life cycles and limited repair options. The UN found that only 17% of 2019’s electronic waste was recycled or collected. The UN found that high-value materials worth US$57 billion were mainly disposed of or burned, rather than being recycled. Recycling electronics is an environmentally friendly option that can also bring economic benefits.

Many electronic components are recyclable, but there are limits to their economic viability. Electronic waste contains precious metals such as gold, silver and copper. You can also find valuable bulky materials like iron and aluminum.

To address the rise in end-of-life electronic and electrical products, governments have created national e-waste legislation and policies. These policies provide a roadmap and outline what can be done by an institution, society, or company. Enforcement is still difficult, even when legally binding policies have been implemented.

This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is a R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for electronic recycling in Tampa.


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