What? I need to recycle electronic waste? Yes! You do!
The digital and gadget dependent age that we live in today is full of technology-driven consumers like us who don’t think twice before buying the latest upgraded version of devices. We look at upgrades as the norm and this means more unused or old gadgets which, sometimes go straight into our regular bin or simply gather dust in some corner at home. What this trend has also led to is a hike in the disposal of electronic waste products.
What is E-waste you ask?
Simply put, E-waste or Electronic waste, also known as end-of-life electronics is any wastage generated because of discarded electronic devices such as mobile phones, televisions, computers, laptops, and tablets. Did you know that as per a report by The Global E-waste Monitor 2017, over 44.7 million metric tonnes of E-waste was generated in 2017 which, is equivalent to around 4,500 Eiffel towers put together. How’s that for a perspective?
Before we try to comprehend the need to recycle E-waste, let us look at what is leading to such a menacing rise in E-waste generation. Did you ever contemplate that despite the common culprits like copiers, televisions, cell phones and computers, devices like refrigerators and electronic toothbrushes are also considered as e-waste? For example, a number of electronic products that we use today contain hazardous elements like arsenic, mercury, and lead which when dumped in a landfill can contaminate the air, water, and ground. While policymakers across the world are giving their due attention to formulating regulations to undertake and create awareness about ‘E-waste recycling’, somewhere, we are all part of the same circle and hence, we need to do our bit. E-waste needs recycling.
So what does one do with outdated devices?
A smart move when you replace your electronics is to first repair or reuse these items. You can donate these electronics to someone who can reuse them which keeps these electronics in circulation and hence helps in reducing the accumulation of E-waste generated. That said, once your device is beyond the capacity of reuse or repair, recycling becomes a necessity.
Guess what? Recycling E-waste helps in multiple ways.
Conserving Natural Resources
The process of recycling helps recover valuable materials from old electronics which can be used to make new products. This results in energy conservation, reduction in pollution, and lesser extraction of raw materials from the earth.
When we follow safe recycling procedures, we also help manage the infusion of toxic chemicals like lead and mercury which otherwise pollutes our air, water, and the ground it mixes with. Not to mention, recycling E-waste helps avoid numerous health mishaps should these elements get into the human body.
E-waste recycling also creates job opportunities for professional recyclers and forms a new market for valuable components which are dismantled. In short, when you recycle E-waste, you are giving back to the economy while helping preserve our environment.
The only question that remains unanswered though is; ‘Have you done your bit yet’?
At Croma, E-care is an integral part of our organizational framework. We are committed to planting 1,50,000 trees and have set a process to plant one tree every time our consumers deposit E-waste, at every Croma store.
Call us on 7207666000, and we will pick up your electronic junk from your doorstep, recycle it and turn your E-waste into a tree. Find out more here: https://www.croma.com/lp-croma-e-care
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