Technology giant Apple, have developed a new robot called Daisy which is capable of extracting parts from 9 different types of iPhone at 200 phones per hour. This is to help them achieve their goal of manufacturing their products from 100% recycled materials.
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Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a process to separate fibreglass and resin which are the most commonly discarded parts of a mobile phone. Most companies that recover e-waste focus on the precious metals like gold and silver, but the University have found way to separate the fibreglass and resin.
Substation33 has been operating since 2015, designed originally for electronic recycling, they have repurposed more than half a million kilos of e-waste. Made up mainly from volunteers, the Substation team have come up with some amazing things, including a electric bike powered by laptop batteries and solar energy amplifiers that light up Indonesian villages.
The South Tyne and Wear Waste Management Partnership is launching a new recycling campaign to help raise awareness of e-waste and batteries, their campaign is geared towards engaging people in recycling their WEEE responsibly.
The constant advancement of technology means we are always after the latest gadgets which results in users throwing away 1.4 million tonnes of unwanted electricals each year. Until recently most ended up in landfill which caused a massive problem for the environment with the release of CFC gases, these gases than cause damage
A show recently aired on the BBC exposed the illegal dumping of e-waste in developing countries like Ghana, many poor people work on dumps to make a living which includes the burning of waste in order to salvage precious metals, this can then cause health problems with the constant inhaling of toxic fumes. The illegal dumping of waste happens worldwide and not just waste sent from the UK.
A survey conducted by Repic has claimed that people are failing to recycle electronic goods because they are concerned about the security of their data, a total of 69% of people were concerned about their personal data being stolen or accessed during the recycling process.