Electronics Recycling Globally
in ecoTech News
In the US, we have access to the latest and greatest electronics. We use them and then discard them without much thought. Across the world, this still occurs but what we may consider obsolete, others are just getting started with. CRT televisions are a thing of the past in the US, however a massive population of individuals across the globe still use them. It is still a cost effective way to stay connected to the world and the media.
The same goes for old cell phones. Not everyone can have the iPhone 6 or the newest tablet. The majority of the world survives without the latest and greatest. Yet as the new technology does trickle down to those who are still using older technology, there is a need to properly recycle the material. A great example of this is China. They are hungry for more of our electronics, but because of import/export regulations and the “Green Fence”, they are unable to take in our scrap electronics.
The reality is that every country has their own electronics recycling issues because each country generates their own e-scrap. The value of the precious metals inside each of the electronics is still present regardless of what country someone is in. The issue becomes how this material is processed and what are the effects on the environment. Crude and unsafe recycling practices do occur globally and it’s important to address them and make changes now. The longer they continue to process material unsafely, the worse we will all be in the long run.