Safe, secure and environmentally friendly

One of the ingredients of EOL IT Services’ success is the focus and commitment we place on the environment and Corporate Social Responsibility.

According to a recent UN report (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_A_New_Circular_Vision_for_Electronics.pdf) E-waste is now the fastest-growing waste stream in the world.  The UN has called it a “tsunami of e-waste” and it is estimated it reached 50 million tonnes in 2018.  This figure is unfortunately expected to double if nothing changes.

Globally, society only deals with 20% of e-waste appropriately and there is very little data regarding what is happening to the rest.  Most, it is assumed, ends up in landfill or is disposed of by informal workers in poor conditions. and there is very little data on what happens to the rest, which for the most part ends up in landfill, or is disposed of by informal workers in poor conditions.

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2017, in one year, a staggering 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste are generated. This is equivalent to just over six kilograms for every person on the planet. Europe and the US alone contribute to almost one-half of the total e-waste generated annually. 

One-half of all e-waste is personal devices (computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs) the rest is larger household appliances, as well as heating and cooling equipment. The scale of global e-waste defies comparison, yet the weight is more than all the commercial aircraft ever produced. Imagine the mass of 125,000 jumbo jets – it would take London’s Heathrow Airport up to six months to clear that many aircraft from its runways!!

If you find that difficult to envisage, then try the mass of 4,500 Eiffel Towers, jam them all in one space, side by side, and they would cover an area the size of Manhattan. Of this total amount, 40 million tonnes of e-waste are discarded in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way every year.

 

Of this total amount, 40 million tonnes of e-waste are discarded in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way every year.

EOL want to ensure we are part of the solution to this and continue to champion a policy of “reuse not recycling, dispersal not destruction” – it is time to reconsider e-waste and to re-evaluate the electronics industry.  There are incredible opportunities aligned to the globe’s “just transition” to environmental sustainability and to shaping a future that works for all, in a circular economy.

Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle.

As the UK’s most accredited ITAD, EOL remains focussed on enhancing our resources, capabilities and compliance in line with evolving clients’ needs and changing legislative requirements.

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