With the usage of computers and IT products soaring each day, it is apparent that the rate of disposal of these electronic products is increasing as well. This not only leaves our environment endangered to harmful chemicals, it also wastes valuable materials and natural resources such as iron, zinc, gold and petroleum (used to make plastic).
EPA suggests that recycling one computer (along with its screen) can prevent up to 1.35 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. That is why it is imperative to focus on recycling e-waste and preserve the world’s precious resources.
Types of Computer Recycling Process:
Universally, there are two common methods of recycling e-waste as described below:
In the process of de-manufacturing, the e-waste is manually dismantled and further marketed as recyclable raw materials. This process produces more reusable components for derivative markets.
Shredding is done with least amount of physical sorting and disassembling of computer components. The electronic items are simply deposited into shredding equipments which permits a recycler to recover optimum worth from the recyclable materials.
Computer Recycling Process:
Computer recycling process involves the typical procedure comprising of the following steps:
Firstly, the useless and disposable computers are collected from the client and brought to the recycling unit for free.
2. Manual Sorting:
Next, the collected computers and other e-waste are sorted into reusable, recyclable and non-usable categories.
3. Testing for Reusability:
The computers and other electronic waste collected undergo testing phase to determine their functioning and potential to be refurbished.
When a particular e-waste item is found to be unworthy of repair, it is broken down into components in order to be reused or sold elsewhere.
Ultimately those electronic items that are unworthy of being recycled are properly shredded and disposed away without posing any harm to the environment.