What are the benefits of e-waste Recycling?
Benefits of Recycling E-waste
As per research studies, by 2030, the world is likely to produce e-waste amounting to 75 million metric tonnes. Recycling e-waste is thus the ultimate way to manage the rapidly growing e-waste problem. It is a key strategy in e-waste management in India to keep these items out of landfills and reduce environmental impact. Here are the major benefits of recycling electronic waste.
Environment Protection & Toxic Waste Prevention
E-waste consists of a high level of contaminants including arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead. When disposed of carelessly, these contaminants leak into the environment harming the environment and human health. Recycling minimizes this risk by preventing the accumulation of toxic waste in landfills.
Saving Natural Resources, Land, and Energy
Recycling e-waste conserves natural resources by reducing the pressure to extract raw materials for electronics production. It saves space in landfills. Moreover, electronics made from recycled materials consume less water, and energy, and reduce pollution.
Recovery of Materials
Recycling helps to recover valuable materials from obsolete or discarded electronics. These metals and other valuable substances once again enter the market for reuse. It also helps recover scarce metals that are hard to source.
Appropriate Data Removal and Security
Data security is vital in present times. Deleting the files does not guarantee their permanent removal. It needs specialized software and strategy. During e-waste recycling, ensuring appropriate data removal and security as per the standard protocols is a must.
Reduction in Global Warming
E-waste recycling brings down methane emissions. The reduction in carbon emissions in turn helps to ameliorate global warming to a great degree. Improper e-waste management on the other hand leads to aggravated global climate change.
Support for Economic Growth
Envisioning a ‘circular economy’ with a fully-functional e-waste recycling system results in a better return on investment in electronics. Recycling is an economically viable alternative and also produces job opportunities. It also reduces the associated costs of maintaining waste sites.
Enable Sustainable Production of New Electronics
Recycling e-waste helps to fuel a sustainable future. New electronics can be produced in an environmentally-sound manner with recycled materials. It consumes lesser energy, prevents pollution, and emphasizes on productive use of materials throughout its lifecycle.