A serious threat is posed by electronic waste to both the population and the environment, when disposed off incorrectly. The fastest growing segment of waste in the industrialized world is represented by e-waste or electronic waste. Recycling your old electronics helps to keep your organization and home free from the heap of old equipments, helping to create a safer, healthier and cleaner environment.
As a part of an organisation and as an individual, when we improperly dispose off hazardous waste, we become responsible for the damage that is being created. Responsible e-waste recycling means how the material is processed, who is doing the processing and being careful about where your e-waste is taken for recycling.
Laws and regulations
Electronic recyclers are not made equally. Before you decide to drop off your e-waste with the hope of having it properly recycled and processed, there are certain things that need to be asked. Responsible recyclers should provide written documentation on various aspects of recycling process.
The use of outside mills or processors will be needed to employ by most recyclers. It will further process the recycled material into a raw material. Now, these are ready to be sent back into the process of manufacturing. Recyclers must have written documentation of the processors used to grind, smell, melt or mill the materials into a useable manufacturing material, in order to recycle within the confines of the law. It is illegal to send electronics for processing overseas.
Documented Operating Procedures
The procedures and written policies that govern how electronics are processed will be made available upon request by a responsible electronic recycling company. The policies are created in order to ensure the protection of environment, safety of workers, and efficient and effective recycling of all electronic components.
Cell phones, PDA’s, computers and other electronic devices contain personal and sensitive information. All memory containing devices including disks, flash drives, drives and cell phones will be shredded by a reputable electronic recycler. A third party organisation should always certify electronic recyclers. Documentation of the physical destruction of any electronic media is provided by the electronic recycler.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling of discarded laptops saves the amount of energy that can be used to power over 3,500 homes each year.
All it takes is a conscious decision to start utilizing an electronic recycler in order to recycle your e-waste.