S2S Group show support for International E-Waste Day
On the 14th of October, it will be international E-waste Day – an event held annually by the WEEE Forum to raise awareness of electronic and electrical waste worldwide.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), in summary, is any item that has a plug. These categories include screens and monitors, lamps, small IT equipment such as mobile phones and cameras to large IT equipment along with fridges, freezers and washing machines.
50 million tonnes of these items are estimated to be produced in 2019 with only 20% actually going through a recycling process.
This is the main reason behind the initiative along with helping businesses be more e-waste aware.
“Only 20% of global e-waste is recycled each year, which means that 40 million tonnes of e-waste are either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way and 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.” – The WEEE Forum
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 essential movement:
S2S are proud to be one of the businesses involved. As always, we are offering our secure IT recycling services to all sectors along with specialist advice, infographics, and tips.
We’d 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 IT asset disposal partner.
Follow the hashtags #EwasteDay on social media to spread the world or find out more about how you can get your organisation involved here.