On the 14th of October, it will be international E-waste Day.
Annually, the WEEE Forum raises awareness of electronic and electrical waste worldwide through ‘E-waste Day’.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), in summary, is any item that has a plug. These categories include screens and monitors, lamps, small equipment such as mobile phones and cameras. WEEE can also include large IT equipment along with fridges, freezers and washing machines.
Furthermore, the amount of items estimated to be produced in 2019 has come to 50 million tonnes, with only 20% going through a recycling process.
This is the main reason behind the initiative along with helping businesses be more e-waste aware.
The WEEE Forum state:
“Only 20% of global e-waste is recycled each year. 40 million tonnes of e-waste are either placed in a landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way. This is despite 66% of the world’s population being covered by e-waste legislation. This results in the huge loss of valuable and critical raw materials from the supply chain and causes serious health, environmental and societal issues through illegal shipments of waste to developing countries.”
Over 100 companies have pledged to the cause to help the day’s success. Here is a map of companies around the world who are taking part in this movement:
S2S are proud to be involved
As always, we are offering our secure IT recycling services to all sectors along with specialist advice, infographics, and tips.
Here at S2S, we advise organizations in the UK to take this opportunity to review your process for disposing of electronics and consider a more circular solution. Choose to either recycle or reuse your equipment through an approved ITAD company.
Follow the hashtags #EwasteDay on social media to spread the word.
For more information, find out more about how you can get your organisation involved on WEEE forum.
Learn about our WEEE Services.