According to environmental nonprofit Basel Action Network, recycling of electronics is a complex task, but increased transparency could offer a potential solution to the growing problem.
Hewlett-Packard (HP), an avid e-waste recycler, is making an effort to spread awareness by asking other members of the tech industry to step up their e-waste recycling efforts.
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According to environmental non-profit Basel Action Network (BAN), electronics recycling may not be quite as straight forward as consumers believe. While some electronics are safely dismantled and have their components scrapped or re-used, the recycling process consists of a complex, multi-step supply chain that ends in the developing world, where e-waste is often exported for treatment and oversight is minimal.
BAN indicates that unsafe environmental and labor conditions are common and have a devastating impact on the countries receiving electronics recyclables. Increased transparency, however, could offer a potential solution — and HP Inc. is ready to rise to the challenge.