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Re-Use: 4 Remarkable E-waste Recycling Companies

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This week we will take a look at recycling e-waste at Verena’s Design Studio.

Why is this important? I’m typing this article on my laptop, you are reading it on yours, or your phone or tablet. All of these items will eventually be deemed unusable and then, what do we do?

With more and more of our lives and businesses taking place online and requiring the use of electronic devices we should make sure we know what happens to our electronics when we don't want or don't need them any more.

Not only are some of the components toxic and hazardous and can be a danger to the environment and the people dealing with them, our electronic devices also consist of rare materials, which we loose if we don't recycle them properly.

Let's take a look at what we're dealing with and what we can do.

◼︎Part I - What Happens to Your E-waste?
◼︎Part II - Recycling E-Waste - Best Practices
◼︎Part III - Re-Use: Remarkable E-waste Recycling Companies
◼︎Part IV - Web Design for Change - 5 Excellent Recycling Websites

Part III: Remarkable E-waste Recycling Companies

In the first post about recycling e-waste we looked at the things that are considered e-waste and what happens if we don’t recycle e-waste correctly.

In the second post post we explored what we can do to avoid e-waste and where we can take e-waste for recycling.

While a lot of us still have some catching up to do, there are some projects that are doing their best to protect our earth and educate people wbout recycling. Please do some research on the possibilities in your area, and if you like, you can post what you found out in the comments!

Now let’s take a look at what we can learn from these initiatives:

ERTH – e-waste recycling in Malaysia

About:ERTH (E-waste Recycling Through Heroes) buys all kinds of end-of-life personal electronics such as PCs, laptops, smartphones, etc. for recycling. We offer a free pick-up service by thousands of Heroes and pay higher prices for your e-waste than public recycling centres due to our unique accelerated supply chain from consumer to recovery.”

Envirosafe Rwanda Green Part

About:Enviroserve Rwanda Green Park is a private company dedicated to electronic and electrical waste recycling, green growth, and the circular economy. Enviroserve is pioneering e-waste management in East Africa and operates the region’s only state-of-the-art e-waste dismantling and recycling facility.”

TerraCycle – recycling in 21 countries

About:TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.”

EWaste Africa – recycling lightbulbs

About:E-Waste Africa is a multi ‘Award Winning’, legally compliant and environmentally ethical light bulb recycler. We offer Corporates, Government institutions and Parastatals, a number of options for light bulb recycling which include: onsite storage, collection and the heart of our business light bulb recycling. The products are further beneficiated once recycled.

E-Waste Africa prides itself in hiring and building teams centred around making an impact in sustainability, always striving to achieve a zero waste to landfill vision for numerous waste streams.”

As we can see there is still a lot that needs to be done. But we can start by making some changes and really looking at what we’re using and why and how we’re disposing of it.

In Germany TerraCycle is collecting pens/biros, so I’ll start collecting old ones separately an to ship them to TerraCycle once a year. I’ll also see if there are more options in Berlin, so that I can do my part to reducing waste. If you know of any great initiatives, please share in the comments!

In the next post we’ll take a look at some design projects focusing on recycling, because after all that is my business 🙂 What can designers do to support recycling and companies or cities that want to promote recycling?

Plrease share this article with everyone you know, so that we can get on this together. <3

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