United Nations University recent study claimed that United States and China were the world’s biggest producers of electronic waste (e-waste). And among the generated electronic waste by the two nations most of it constituted microwaves and dish washers.
The study also confirmed that over 41.8 million tonnes of e-waste were dumped around the globe in 2014 and only an estimated 6.5 million tonnes were taken for recycling. Buried within the 41.8 million tonnes of waste was more than 16,000 kilotonnes of iron, 1,900 kilotonnes of copper and 300 tonnes of gold as well as other precious metals such as palladium. The report estimated that the discarded materials, including Gold, silver, iron and copper were worth $52 billion.
The United States led e-waste dumping with 7.1 million tonnes in 2014, ahead of China with six million and followed by Japan, Germany and India, it said. Canada ranks lower on the list, in 15th place, with a dump of 725,000 tonnes.
The United States, where individual states run e-waste laws, reported collection of one million tonnes for 2012 while China said it collected 1.3 million tonnes of equipment such as TVs, refrigerators and laptops in 2013.
Norway led per capita waste generation, with 28.3 kg dumped per inhabitant, followed by Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Britain. On that ranking, the United States was ninth and China was not among a list of the top 40. Canada dumped 20.4 kg per capita.
As said in earlier paragraphs, among the e-waste generated all round the world, about 60% of the waste was made up of items that included large and small appliances, vacuum cleaners, solar panels, video cameras and electric shavers.
The other astonishing fact revealed in the UN study was that electronic makers nowadays are manufacturing appliances and electronic gadgets with shorter life span than the ones manufactured a decade ago. As a result, by the year 2018, an increase in generated e-waste over 60% can be observed.
The only solution to tackle this huge mountain of electronic waste is to stay responsible towards the environment. The United Nations study claimed that if each and every individual on the planet starts learning about the hazards of e-waste, then a lot of the electronic dump can be handed over to a responsible recycler, who thus can save the environment from the dreaded clutches of e-waste hazards.
If you are in and around California, approach DNF Recycling services. It’s a business unit of Dynamic Network Factory which involves in e-waste disposal program. It offers a one-stop solution for recycling your old equipment through hassle free 5 step process.
- DNF Recycling Services will arrange for pickup and transportation of the equipment to their office premises. Typically there is no fee associated with the pickup and removal of equipment. However, the distance of travel is currently limited to the state of California. If travelling is required outside of California, please call in advance at 510.342.5884 and ask for details.
- After picking up and transporting the discarded electronic equipment to their facility, a detailed inventor and assessment of the equipment is done and a report is generated and is provided to the related customer at no cost.
- Then each unit will carefully disassembled and parts will be sorted based upon their recyclable properties and whether or not they contain hazardous properties. This process is performed with full compliance from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and clients.
- If the client provides hard disks and want the disposing process to be done in a responsible way, then DNF will erase the data from the drives using one of the three methods. The first method will be to write 0s and 1s to the drive which permanently erases traces of any data. The second method is drilling holes into the hard drive platters in such a manner that prevents further access to the platters. The third method involves sanding the platters using an industrial sandler. This is the most proven method to get the data out of the drives. All this is done for a nominal fee.
- The main highlight is that, DNF Recycling offers to its customers a credit for buying new components or electronics. However, the credit will depend on many factors lined-up in parallel with the benchmarks of DNF.
To know more details on what your e-waste can earn for you call 510.962.5012 or click on DNF Recycling web page.