At eWastec, our goal is to achieve a 100% recovery rate of all eWaste material processed at our plant resulting in zero waste to landfill (02L).
Through our manual disassembly process we can separate all hazard containing components and ensure that they do not end up in landfill sites across the country.
We are committed to ensuring that all eWaste in Australia is recycled responsibly to minimise the impact eWaste has on our environment.
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eWaste in Australia
eWaste is a rapidly growing problem in Australia, though there is very little awareness of its environmental impacts. TVs, computers and computer accessories all contain a number of different hazardous waste materials such as mercury, lead, and phosphorous. Some of these items can be highly toxic and environmentally damaging. For example, the following harmful substances can be found in electronic waste:
- Lead in cathode ray tubes and solder often contain
- Mercury in switches and housing
- Arsenic in cathode ray tubes
- Selenium in circuit boards
- Cadmium in semiconductors
- Cobalt in steel for magnets
If we allow our eWaste to go into landfill, over time these toxic substances and materials can leach into the soil and enter the food chain, negatively impacting the local environment.
Furthermore, if people come into contact with the toxins, they may develop health problems such as respiratory ailments as well as reproductive, developmental and nervous system problems.
BENEFITS OF EWASTE RECYCLING
eWaste recycling has many benefits for both the environment, the community, and even the economy.
eWaste Recycling Reduces Health and Environment Hazards
The major benefit of eWaste recycling is that it reduces the environmental hazards caused by disposal of untreated eWaste in landfills. Computers, servers, and other IT hardware contain poisonous substances such as mercury, lead, barium, arsenic, antimony, and cadmium, which can have a significant impact on the environment if they seep into the soil and water.
eWaste Recycling helps Conservation of Resources
A lot of eWaste contains minerals such as gold, silver, bauxite, copper, lead and tin. By recycling these products, a steady supply of raw materials is generated without having to find new sources of raw materials.
eWaste Recycling Contributes to Energy Efficiency
The energy cost to recycle eWaste for minerals is considerably less than the energy costs to mine minerals. Furthermore, energy savings from eWaste recycling can also produce indirect benefits such as less dependence on finite oil reserves, reduction of air pollution as a result of energy production, and a decline in greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
eWaste Recycling Contributes to Economic Growth
The financial benefits of recycling makes it one of the fastest growing business opportunities in the country. Even without taking into account the sale of recycled materials, the expenses for recycling work out less in comparison to dumping eWaste in landfills or incinerating eWaste.