It’s no surprise that e-waste continues to be a major issue in the waste and recycling industry. But by designing products for reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling, the amount of e-waste sent to landfill can be reduced.
Triple Pundit explains how modular thinking, working with product designers and providing proper education can help combat the issue of e-waste.
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Global concern about the mountains of e-waste generated every year has been rising for quite some time – and with good reason: In 2014, the United Nations estimated that humans produced 41.8 million metric tons of electronic waste. That’s 92 billion pounds – and even though IT products made up just 7 percent of that waste, that still represents almost 6.5 billion pounds of waste our industry generated in a single year.
There are no easy solutions to the many enmeshed challenges of e-waste, but by designing for reuse, repair, refurbishing and recycling, we can make real progress.