In Quebec as everywhere in theworld, it is impossible to do without electronic devices. Whether it’s mobile phones, laptops, tablets, modems, DVD players, set-top boxes… these equipments optimize the quality of our lives. But, once they are out of use, many people throw them in the trash. It is not a very good habit. It is best to contact a specialized body responsible for collecting and recycling electronic and computer devices such as Info Liquidation Recycle
Why is e-recycling important?
What is referred to as “electronic waste” covers a large number of objects: computer, network, office telephony, etc. Still known as Electrical Waste and Electronic Equipment (DEEE),this waste continues to grow in our country in particular and in the world at large. But few of them undergo recycling. According to a report prepared under the aegis of the United Nations, only 20% of the 45 million tonnes of e-waste is recycled worldwide. This is certainly due to ignorance of the consequences that this waste can cause and the benefits of recycling. They are presented to you quickly.
To preserve nature
E-waste is the most difficult type of waste to destroy and decompose. In addition, they contain very dangerous materials. If they are not recovered and recycled properly, they will cause damage to waterways, soils and the atmosphere. For example, the amount of mercury in a single button battery can pollute 1m3 of soil or 1000 m3 of water for 50 years. You are also aware that chemical pollution is the basis of the disappearance of several animal and plant species. That’s not all, heavy metals in electronics, when they are abandoned in the environment, can go up the food chain to our plates. And these metals, especially mercury and lead, can be responsible for respiratory, kidney or neurological problems. They can even affect the reproductive system or even cause cancer, etc. It is therefore essential to carry out electronic recycling to remove and eliminate these pollutants. This is about the safety of the environment and man. Don’t hesitate! Contact Info Liquidation Recycle quickly for a free and impeccable service.
To slow the depletion of natural resources
The manufacture of electronic devices requires the use of a large quantity of raw materials. Thanks to recycling, the amount used will decrease considerably since the process allows the recovery of secondary raw materials that can be used to manufacture new equipment. This therefore helps to reduce the extraction of natural resources generally carried out under rather unwelcome social and environmental conditions.
To avoid electronic waste and reduce the digital divide
Throwing away e-waste is throwing away a lot of wealth. Many used devices such as electronic cards, computers, smartphones, servers, … contain precious materials such as silver, gold, palladium, platinum, copper, etc. Moreover, since these different materials are not inexhaustible, they may become rare, and their price will increase further. This will be reflected directly on the cost of new electronic devices put on the market. Thanks to recycling, the price of computer and electronic equipment will be cheaper and anyone can buy them, regardless of their budget.
DeEE recycling: how does it work in Montreal?
Specialized agencies first recover obsolete electronic devices. Once sent to the recycling center, electrical waste and electronic equipment undergo a specific treatment that we can list in several steps. Generally, the first phase is dismantling. It consists of dismantling all collected electronic devices (computers, servers, printers, laptops, LCDs, telephones, batteries, mice, keyboards, etc.). It should be noted that the dismantling, which is still called disassembly, varies depending on the device. For example, laptops are manually dismantled until the smallest components made of precious metals are obtained. However, if electronic devices are less rich in precious materials (these include printers, video game consoles). This is done with the help of a shredder. The equipment is therefore sent directly into the machine which will reduce them to smaller pieces. Recyclers will then sort the different materials using magnetic fields and optical separators. After the dismantling, we do the sorting. Precious metal parts are sent to metal smelters and plastic parts are transferred to plastic smelters. It is during this phase that polluting or dangerous elements are also eliminated.