Australia recognised that they had a significant challenge. Until last year, 70% of the world’s electronic waste was accepted by China, including obsolete devices, mobile phones, scanners, TVs, microwaves, smoke detectors, and other electronic equipment and parts.
Europe and North America started exporting some of it to Southeast Asia after China stopped allowing this e-waste out of respect for its climate. But now Vietnam and Thailand, whose ports have been flooded, are also curbing imported e-waste.
The world’s people disposed of 49 million tons of E-waste Sydney in 2016 (equivalent to about 4,500 Eiffel Towers). That number is predicted to grow to more than 57 million tons by 2021.
Why the e-waste upsurge?
Technology is gradually being introduced in every part of our lives. In devices that have never seen them, semiconductors and sensors are introduced, generating portable displays, smart homes—TVs that can download programming from the internet, and many more.
Meanwhile, the life cycle of electronics is getting shorter. When their batteries die, more items can be tossed away to be replaced by new devices. By upgrading the design or functionality and discontinuing maintenance for older versions, businesses deliberately prepare the obsolescence of their products. So that today it is typically cheaper and simpler to purchase a new one than to restore an existing one. The corporations, meanwhile, continue to benefit from stable profits.
What does e-waste contain?
A diverse blend of ingredients, including gold, silver, copper, platinum, palladium, lithium, cobalt and other essential components, make up electronic devices. By processing, these crucial products can be retrieved.
The state of recycling e-waste
With advanced separation technology, products are then shredded mechanically for further processing. Companies must adhere to the laws of health and safety and use technology for emissions management that reduces the health and environmental risks of e-waste handling. All this makes it pricey for organised recycling. As a result, many businesses and nations secretly sell their e-waste to developing countries where it is inexpensive to recycle.