E-Waste

E-waste refers to electronic products that are unwanted, not working, and nearing or at the end of their “useful life.” It includes computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and other electronic devices. E-waste contains toxic materials that can produce toxic chemicals if not treated properly (Electronic waste (e-waste):

  • E-waste, also known as electronic waste or tech waste, encompasses discarded electronic or electrical devices, as well as end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment.
  • It includes anything with plugs, cords, and electronic components, such as televisions, computers, and mobile phones.
  • This waste is considered hazardous due to its composition of various toxic substances.

Millions of electronic devices are discarded annually, contributing to a growing e-waste crisis. As of recent reports, around 54 million metric tonnes of e-waste are produced each year. Global e-waste is projected to reach 74 million metric tons by 2030 (Electronic waste (e-waste), 2023).

  • E-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, increasing 3 times faster than the world’s population.
  • Rapidly advancing technologies, rising consumer demand for electronics, and shorter product life cycles have contributed to this growth.
  • Globally, only 17.4% of e-waste is recycled, leading to environmental and health issues.
  • The improper management of e-waste has resulted in a loss of at least US$57 billion annually through the disposal of key raw materials, such as iron, copper, and gold.

Most of the e-waste ends up in landfills or is informally recycled, often by hand in developing countries, posing serious environmental and health risks

The composition of e-waste varies depending on factors like the type of electronic device, model, manufacturer, and age. It often includes ferrous and nonferrous metals, glass, plastics, and pollutants. Common toxic elements found in e-waste include cadmium, lead, antimony, nickel, and mercury.

  • E-waste is complex in its chemical composition and usually includes steel, iron, polymer plastics, non-ferrous metals, glass, and wood.
  • It can contain harmful materials like mercury, beryllium, cadmium, lead, lead oxide, antimony, nickel, and other toxic elements.
  • When treated improperly, e-waste can release up to 1000 chemical substances into the environment.

1.1.  Products and services offered:

  • Collection
    • Residential electronic waste pickup services.
    • Drop-off centres for e-waste.
    • Take-back programs by manufacturers and retailers.
    • E-waste collection events for community participation.
  • Sorting and Dismantling
    • Manual sorting of e-waste for separation of components
    • Dismantling devices to harvest valuable materials
    • Safe removal and handling of hazardous components
  • Recycling and Disposal
    • Extraction of valuable materials from e-waste
    • Environmentally responsible recycling processes
    • Disposal of non-recyclable materials in compliance with regulations
  • Data Destruction
    • On-site and off-site secure data destruction services
    • Compliance with data privacy regulations
    • Certificates of data destruction provided.
  • Refurbishment
    • Repair and refurbishment of usable electronics
    • Donation or resale of refurbished items
    • Extension of product lifecycles through refurbishment
  • Value-Added Services
    • Secure logistics and transportation for e-waste
    • Asset tracking and reporting for businesses.
    • Customised solutions for e-waste management
    • Support for environmental sustainability initiatives