How are Old Electronics Recycled? A Complete Guide to E-Waste Recycling
Process for Disposal of E-Waste
Electronic recycling process necessitates segregation and sorting of components and various parts and then reuse or refurbish them into new products and eliminate the waste safely.
1. Gathering E-waste
E-waste is collected from various sources through collection bins in general but we at Itpickup collect the waste from the client’s location on request. Servers, laptops, computers, circuit boards, hard-disks, storage and other electronic devices and parts are gathered.
2.Transportation of E-waste
All kinds of bulk assets are picked up, are carefully packed and then transported to our warehouses where we proceed with the rest of the recycling process. You can save up the transportation costs as we don’t charge for pickup and transfer.
E-waste is shredded into smaller components using shredders after which they are sorted mechanically or manually. Care should be taken not to shred all materials, for example, batteries, lights, cartridges, glass components, etc. should not be shredded.
4.Sorting Of E-Waste
After shredding, materials are sorted into different categories like core material and parts that can be reused, and components that require further recycling. Tiny components are sorted by hand and certain parts are also dismantled manually.
5.Extraction of Dust
The shredded material is placed on the conveyor belt and shaken, which causes tiny waste particles to spread evenly. This spread of tiny pieces is further broken down. The dust generated at this point is collected and discarded in a safe and compliant manner.
In this step, Iron and steel components are separated from each other using a strong magnet. Other mechanical processes are also used to separate other metallic components like copper, aluminum, brass, etc., leaving only non-metallic components.
The next step in the e-waste recycling process is water distillation that separates glass and plastic. The separated glass and other materials can be processed at the smelter and used as raw material for production of x- ray tubes, bulbs, batteries, CRTs, etc.
This is followed by filtration using various layers of filter to remove other leftover materials and components from the water stream. This further purifies the water stream before the chemical treatment.
9.Preparing for Sale
The final step involves preparing the separated components for reusing and selling them as raw materials. Metals like gold, copper, aluminum, steel parts, circuit boards, storage devices, etc. obtained from sorting can be sold in the market again after refurbishment.
Recycle your Electronics with ItPickup
Bulk IT disposal is much easier and cost-effective with us. We accept all kinds of outdated, used and damaged electronic equipment and we offer good cash returns to you after the inventory assessment by our staff. ItPickup is also a CPCB and KSPCB authorized E-waste management service provider with a recycling facility.