Electronic Waste – Our Greatest Threat

Got an old mobile, laptop or washing machine? Don’t bin it! Recycle it!

March 18 is Global Recycling Day. A day for the world to come together and put the planet first, as we face a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions, thinking about what we throw away – and, moreover, how we do it – is key to global social change, encouraging us to see not just waste, but opportunity.

The last decade has been the hottest on record. With no question that recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of both the planet and humanity, if significant and rapid changes are not made, rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and devastating deforestation will continue at an accelerating rate. 

Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’  – the recyclables –  saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030.

According to The Global Recycling Foundation, Electronic waste should now be regarded as the greatest threat to our planet, with the United Nations warning that the current 53 million tonnes of e-waste generated every year will more than double by 2050 – making it the fastest-growing waste stream in the world.

“It may already be too late to stem the tide of the millions of discarded smartphones and other electronic waste, from fridges and TVs to microwaves and PC monitors’, says Ranjit Baxi, Founding President of the Global Recycling Foundation. ‘But it’s not just the items themselves – it’s the irreplaceable precious metals and dangerous components like lithium-ion batteries, cadmium, lead and mercury, flame retardant chemicals and corrosive acid that are used in their manufacture. These amount to so much toxic waste, which, if not professionally recycled, ends up on waste dumps.”

Recognising the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future which will benefit all, the theme of Global Recycling Day 2021 is #RecyclingHeroes. Highlighting the great and the good of the recycling industry, these are the shining lights of sustainability, educating people how they can do their part to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly life.

With the mission of unearthing the UAE’s very own #RecyclingHeroes, The Gaggler went to visit Ecyclex, a Dubai-based company who work with individual businesses as well as the Dubai Municipality in recycling electronics, domestic appliances and batteries – with fascinating results.

Find out all about Ecyclex, and what you can do to be a more environmentally conscious consumer here.

WATCH THE VIDEO: Recycling with Ecyclex

Ecyclex has operations across the Emirates. Find out more at www.ecyclex.com

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