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E-Waste Recycling: What's Next?

September 7, 2023
In the past 30 years, we have seen governments and independent organizations coming up with...
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In the past 30 years, we have seen governments and independent organizations coming up with intelligent waste management processes. What it means for the e-waste recycling is long-lasting effective ways to handle the technology-related material waste. Today, innovative electronic waste recycling companies are developing ways to mainstream reusing tech gadgets. 

Companies such as Recycle Technologies provide light bulbs, lamps, and e-waste recycling services to make that future a reality. 

Call us at (800) 969-5166 to help us recycle your e-waste today!

Future of Recycling: How Important is the Process?

Electronic Waste Recycling has done the most to minimize our dependency on landfills. It has also minimized the requirement for raw material extraction (mining, quarrying, and logging), refining, and processing, all of which cause significant air and water pollution. 

For recycling to be a transformative force, we must develop more sophisticated ways to eliminate batteries, fluorescent lights, and LED screens

We can see some phone manufacturing companies developing a standard charger built from recycled components to be sold from 2024 onwards. The aim is to make the charger compatible with all electronic gadgets like tablets and digital cameras.  We can see significant e-waste reduction in the next decade following this trend. 

E-waste Recycling Challenges 

The following are challenges that threaten a sustainable future:

  • Lack of Knowledge

One of the most common e-waste recycling challenges recycling companies face today is a general need for more awareness. People throw their new electronic waste in the garbage or leave it unused in their homes. The toxins present in these items get spread to a landfill where they get dumped. 

One of the ways recycling companies like Recycle Technologies generate public awareness is by providing immaculate services. Within the next decade, e-waste recycling is expected to become on par with paper and plastic recycling in terms of understanding. 

  • Lack of Resource Allocation

At present, countries, and governments require particular e-waste recycling infrastructure. These recycling facilities might be too costly for some countries and can cause hindrances in establishing a growing e-waste management system. 

Recycling companies are coming up with intuitive solutions to make recycling e-waste accessible for everyone at a cheaper cost and with maximum efficiency.

  • Low Market for e-Waste 

One of the chief reasons why electronic waste recycling has a low market is because of awareness. Electronics waste toxic components like lead and mercury are challenging to break down quickly. They are also non-biodegradable, a massive hurdle to a streamlined approach. 

Some nations (especially in Europe) are utilizing improved recycling policies to increase the market for e-waste. For example, the UK’s recycling rate for 2022 was 31.2%, above the UN's global average rate of 17.4%

  • High Material Contamination

Electronics are made up of multiple materials, including:

  • Glass
  • Various plastics
  • Ferrous materials
  • Non-ferrous materials

While the world's e-waste creation is increasing, many of the world's largest consumers of recyclable materials are tightening their regulations. Higher material purity regulations are putting a greater responsibility on recycling companies to deliver a cleaner product. These policies imply less material mixing and stricter processing. 

Solutions with extensive volume processing capabilities and an equally high e-waste screening efficiency are required to meet the high material contamination problem. Many old technologies need help to meet these demands. 

  • Lack of Standardization 

On a larger scale, when we look at e-waste recycling and its future, we see a need for uniform policies. Even though we have many recycling facility-provision entities in the country, like Recycle Technologies, there still needs to be an agreed-upon and ratified recycling policy. For a viable future, we need to specify the safest and most efficient approach to recycling and managing various types of e-waste.

We need to band together to form concrete electronic waste recycling policies to help governments, corporations, and small businesses through the recycling processes. 

E-Waste Recycling

Ways to Improve Recycling for a Better Future

In Minnesota alone, 266 million pounds of e-waste is generated each year. According to the Economic Potential of Electronic Waste Recycling report, it is a potential $2.8 billion per annum revenue generation cycle if we achieve 100% rates. That is how much economic potential there is if the future of recycling is secured optimally.

Following are some core ways to improve the future of the recycling industry as well as make the world a better place:

Education

It is optional to just talk about electronic waste recycling for a better future for your friends and family. We need to educate ourselves thoroughly as a community. Schools can be an excellent start for knowledge imparting; we need the next generation to realize the potential threat of e-waste, which could threaten their lives much more than ours. 

Policy Making for a Better Future of Recycling

Even though we see recycling as a local bodies’ problem, we need to come up with better ways to spread the information to the state and federal levels. 

To strengthen our argument, we should consider the ROI by weighing the advantages of electronic waste recycling against the costs. As the interests of various decision-makers may vary, it is crucial to adjust the analysis accordingly.

Refining Future Recycling Protocols

Recycle Technologies believes in the Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle approach for refining the recycling protocols. 

We continuously improve local e-waste pick-ups and accept drop-offs at Minnesota and Wisconsin facilities. In addition, our nationwide reach is ensured via the Mail-In program.

Most importantly, our Association of Lighting and Mercury Recyclers (ALMR) membership ensures that we are always current on this field's latest legislation and regulations. We strive to steadily expand our commitment to superior customer service for the next decade. We are and will be committed to improving environmentally friendly business practices. 

Conclusion

There is a world of potential to learn and advance our commitments to sustainability. To help combat climate change with new approaches, better investment politics, and techniques, Recycle Technologies looks forward to making the future of electronic waste recycling brighter and more optimistic. 

If you have any electronic gadget that needs to be recycled, get a free quote from our website (https://recycletechnologies.com). You can also email us at dispatch@recycletechnologies.com or call +1 763-559-5130 (for Minnesota) and +1 262-798-3040 (for Wisconsin). 

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