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Ending E-Waste by Going Green
Posted on March 27th, 2018 by Christina Valimaki in Chemical R&D
A growing form of refuse that is polluting the planet is electronic waste, or e-waste. Electronics are nothing new, of course, but people used to keep their televisions, VCRs and appliances for many, many years—and would typically call a repair person if they broke down. In today’s fast-paced tech world, however, cheaper electronics, a steady stream of cutting-edge gadgets and planned obsolescence (in which electronics are designed to be difficult to repair) all combine to ensure that consumers are regularly buying brand new products and discarding old ones.
Much of this e-waste is bad for the environment, and currently very little of it is being properly recycled. To deal with this burgeoning problem, more tech companies and organizations need to step up and make changes.
Some tactics that companies should consider to help reduce the growth of e-waste include:
- Adopting the use of “greener” processes and materials to make products that last longer or are easier to repair
- Organizing recycling drives/e-waste take-back drives (“Electronics giants like Best Buy and Samsung have provided e-waste take-back programs over the past few years”, org)
- Partnering with the public sector (“Governments could give some form of tax break or rebate for companies that effectively process old equipment”, The Atlantic), and
- Creating incentives (companies can offer rebates to encourage consumers to recycle with them – see org)
Learn more about the challenges with e-waste, and discover more steps that the tech industry can take to address them in this IT Pro article.
All opinions shared in this post are the author’s own.
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