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What Happens to the ewaste after they reach the E-waste Management Facilities?

November 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Most of the e-waste consists of old laptops, computers, televisions and mobile phones. Here is recycling process at a glance.

E-waste management has become a global phenomenon these days. The rate at which the electronics industry is progressing, a new device is not so new after just 6 months of its introduction. As a result people get obsessed with it and the device ends up either in their garage or for sale.

A better way to utilize your useless gadgets is to opt for e-waste management which is universally becoming gradually popular. But have you ever thought that after the facility’s truck take away your stash after paying you the promised money, what happens to the stuff. Well, this post will give you a clear idea of the same.

Most of the e-waste consists of old laptops, computers, televisions and mobile phones. These contain really precious materials which can be resold or reused in the form of raw materials.

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As much as 98% materials by weight can be recycled as per the following process. Also the destruction of confidential data takes place intermittently which is a really important part of recycling that protects the sensitive info from being leaked.

  • First of all the waste is sorted using hands and all the crude copper materials and batteries are separated and sent for quality control.
  • The remaining items are safely shred to pieces not more than 100mm so that the size is apt so that the e-waste can be meticulously sorted. This is the stage where data destruction also occurs.
  • The debris so collected is subject to vibrations to make sure that the debris is evenly spread before it is even finely ground. Any dust extracted in the process is gotten rid of in an eco-friendly manner.
  • Iron and Steel are segregated from the debris using powerful magnets.
  • Metals like Copper, Brass and Aluminum are segregated from the non-metallic components so that these can be sold as pure raw materials.
  • Then water is implemented to separate Glass and Plastics. Once all these materials are segregated, they can be easily resold.

 Following shows the entire recycling process at a glance

Recycling CRTs from TVs and monitors

CRTs consist of some really harmful elements like lead which affect both the environment and the human lives. So these need to be handled really cautiously.

  •  First of all the body shell is separated from the CRT so that the shell can be utilized as in the former mentioned process.
  • The screens and tubes now left are shredded and the dust is taken care of in an eco-friendly manner again.
  • Iron and Steel are parted from the glass using powerful magnets. To segregate Aluminum and Copper, eddy currents are passed through the debris.
  • The remaining material which is mostly glass is then moved through the washing line to get rid of any phosphors, oxides or dust extracts. This leaves only clean glass.
  • The final stage separates the unleaded glass form the leaded glass. These can now be used to recreate new screens. This process is also called the closed loop recycling process.

So now you know how difficult and complex the process of recycling the electronic waste that you provide to the e-waste management facilities for the betterment of the eco-system is.

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