Is electronic waste becoming a new epidemic?

Human created technology has somewhere or the other proven as destructive resource to the environment and Electronic Waste shortly known as E-waste is said to be slowly engulfing the earth like an epidemic.

According to the recent data released by US based Electronics TakeBack Coalition, Americans alone have discarded around 423,000 tons of computers, 595,000 tons of screens, 1040 tons of televisions, and 19,500 tons of mobile devices in 2014. Recycling rates varied from 40% for PCs, 11% for mobiles and meager 3% for other electronics.

Now, imagine how much e-waste was generated by the rest of the world till date, which often got dumped into the oceans due to its non-biodegradable nature?

In order to save the planet earth, we should do something innovative and eco-friendly and that is what is being done by a team of researchers from a top University. A team from Bristol’s University of the West of England and Germany’s Bauhaus-University Weimar are building logical circuits out of a mould called “Physarum Polycephalum” that builds a network of tubes to transmit and absorb nutrients.

Using dyes and food sources, the researchers found they could make the tubes in the slime network act a little like the logic gates that drive computing processing. The mould responded to input to produce a single output like the ‘1’ or ‘0’ that forms the basis of binary computing – although on a much smaller scale.

In direct response to the growing e-waste problem, a team from the University of Wisconsin and the US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory are working on a semiconductor chip made entirely of wood. Since, most of the material in a computer chip is supporting structure for the minuscule components that drive the action; it can be made out of just about anything – in this case, cellulose nanofibril– a flexible, biodegradable wood derivative. But the demand for electronics is growing on such a grand scale that a few lone projects like the one mentioned above cannot help in cutting down the produce and throw of e-waste. Therefore, we need to institutionalize revolutions in manufacturing, use and disposal in order save our planet.

Oregon based Green Electronics Council has also suggested a model which is Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool (EPEAT). This tool allows electronics consumers to evaluate e-gear according to its environment impact. Products are reviewed and are rated as gold, silver or bronze depending on how eco-friendly they are.

In 2014, the Green Electronics Council has succeeded in evaluating more than 5000 products in the course of 757 million sales using EPEAT. On releasing the results, EPEAT predicted that 10K computers have the capability of being tagged with silver rating and it means, that their lifetime will save almost 341,000KWh and over $478,000, which otherwise would have been consumed by normal products of same nature.

At the same time, people using electronics products around the world should take the responsibility to save earth from the dreaded epidemic of E-waste. They should take the initiative of handing over the e-waste to professional e-waste management companies in their city or state. These professional in dealing with e-waste will safely sort out the products which can be reused from the electronics waste and will safely discard the residue causing less damage to environment.

One such company is DNF Recycling based in California. This company is a business unit of DNF Corporation and involves in e-waste disposal program. It offers a one-stop solution for recycling your old equipment through hassle free 5 step process.

  1. DNF Recycling Services will arrange for pickup and transportation of the equipment to its office premises. Typically there is no fee associated with the pickup and removal of equipment. However, the distance of travel is currently limited to the state of California. If travelling is required outside of California, please call in advance at 510.342.5884 and ask for details.
  2. After picking up and transporting the discarded electronic equipment to their facility, a detailed inventor and assessment of the equipment is done and a report is generated and is provided to the related customer at no cost.
  3. Then each unit will carefully disassembled and parts will be sorted based upon their recyclable properties and whether or not they contain hazardous properties. This process is performed with full compliance from US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and clients.
  4. If the client provides hard disks and want the disposing process to be done in a responsible way, then DNF will erase the data from the drives using one of the three methods. The first method will be to write 0s and 1s to the drive which permanently erases traces of any data. The second method is drilling holes into the hard drive platters in such a manner that prevents further access to the platters. The third method involves sanding the platters using an industrial sandler. This is the most proven method to get the data out of the drives. All this is done for a nominal fee.
  5. The main highlight is that, DNF Recycling offers to its customers a credit for buying new components or electronics. However, the credit will depend on many factors lined-up in parallel with the benchmarks of DNF.

To know more details on what your e-waste can earn for you call 510.962.5012 or click on DNF Recycling web page.


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