Each year, new and updated computers, smartphones and accessories hit the market, many of which are made from a variety of complex materials that are hard to recycle. And while many are on board with the idea of a circular economy, the ever-changing tech trends are delaying the process.
Horizon magazine has more details:
The idea of a zero-waste society, also known as a circular economy, is to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost recycling.
At the moment, we live in a so-called linear economy where we dispose of our resources once we’ve finished with them. Adopting a circular economy model would close this wasteful loop and keep materials in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value throughout their life and then transforming them into new goods.
This has clear upsides for our environmental footprint, but researchers say progress is being undermined by a disposable culture in the tech industry.