We have written extensively on the topic that eWaste is fast becoming a global issue.
As an increasing number of electronic products come into circulation, huge amounts are also being disposed of. This equates to a significant amount of eWaste.
However, there has been a development in the challenge to tackle the issue. Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have come up with a way to simplify electronic waste recycling.
Crush it into nanodust.
The technique uses a low-temperature cryo-mill to pulverise parts like chips and other electronic components, as well as polymers that make up the printed circuit boards. This makes the particles so small that they do not contaminate each other.
This then makes it simple to sort and reuse the materials.
The researchers intend for it to replace some of the current processes that involve dumping outdated electronics into landfill, or burning or treating them with chemicals to recover valuable metals and alloys. Neither of these processes is environmentally friendly.
It is estimated that eWaste will grow by 33 percent over the next four years with 80 to 85 percent ending up in an incinerator or a landfill if nothing changes. This is a shocking statistic that we are already working hard to change.
If this new technique turns out to be the answer then it could be a huge step in tackling eWaste.
It’s great to see new innovation in our industry, particularly when it enables more recycling and reuse. That’s one of the key objectives in the work we do here at Tier 1. Wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling.
We never send any IT equipment to landfill. If a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered.
If you would like to speak to someone at Tier 1 about the reuse or recycling of your unwanted laptops or computers then call us on 0161 777 1000.