E-waste is one of the world’s biggest environmental hazards. As the number of technological devices increases every day, so does the number of non-functioning and broken electronics. These devices often end up – in the best case – lying in someone’s drawer for years, while others end up on e-waste piles in emerging and developing countries.
Is there a solution?
So, what can we do to avoid these e-waste piles from growing larger every day? One aspect is of course recycling of these electronics, so that precious materials and hazardous elements are treated in a sustainable way, which is not harmful to the environment. But there is another way that we can treat these used ICT materials, many of which are still functioning.