Reuse and Electronics Recycling
in ecoTech News
One of the main points that both the R2 and e-Steward certifications maintain is that reuse should always be put forward before recycling. Whether it’s the whole unit or simply a memory stick, the more we can reuse, the less refining will be done on a global scale. Giving something a second life rather than an end to it is essential in the missions of both certifications.
Ecotech is committed to moving toward dealing with as much reuse of material as possible. However, it is a necessary “evil” to continue to recycle and refine materials. It would be wonderful if electronics held their value for a longer period of time, but as technology continues to change, the value of materials continues to go down. Thus, the scrap value is often the most you can get for many old electronics. However, it is still important to make sure that none of these items end up in landfill.
When reuse isn’t an option, make sure to recycle your old electronics with a certified company that can responsibly recycle your electronics.