First things first.
Did you know that E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world?
And did you know that the E-waste waste stream is growing three times faster than other waste streams, such as plastic?
We have been collecting information for years and we love to share it with you. In this blog we have put everything in a row. Handy right? :)
What is E-waste?
That's nice to know before you read on. E-waste is actually the English abbreviation and means Electronic Waste.
The numbers don't lie:
Globally, some 53 million tons of E-waste are added each year. That's more than seven kilograms per person, and that mountain is growing enormously. We are expected to throw away 74 million tons by 2030. Most of it is landfilled, burned or illegally dumped. Only one-sixth of electronic waste is recycled.
So what about E-waste in the Netherlands?
In the Netherlands, 23.7 kilos of e-waste are released per person per year, which is 3 times as much as the average per world citizen. Of this, 2.7 kilos are exported for reuse. This leaves 21 kilos per person as potential material that can be recycled. If you throw away electronics in the residual waste, they are incinerated.
Besides the fact that this is harmful and dangerous, valuable resources such as gold in cell phones are lost. We throw away 27 million euros worth of gold in the trash every year!
So by recycling E-waste, raw materials are preserved, harmful substances are not released into the environment and CO2 emissions are avoided. And don't forget the sustainable jewelry we get in return!
What happens if my phone is recycled?
Recycling extracts valuable raw materials - such as gold and silver - that can be reused. Did you know that there are approximately 1 euro worth of raw materials hidden in your old cell phone? So hand it in!
How many phones is my bracelet made of?
It varies by design, of course, but for the No Waste collection, it takes an average of about eight phone calls for a bracelet.
What happens to my phone(s) if I send it in?
The phone arrives at ICT Vanaf Morgen. They train young people with a distance to the job market to ensure that the returned cell phones get a second life or are recycled in a responsible manner. First they remove all data from the phone safely. They do this in accordance with European privacy legislation. Then they check whether they can still repair the phone. Is this not possible? Then the phone will be recycled responsibly.
What can I do if my old phone is still worth quite a bit of money?
If you still have a good working phone that is not that old, it is best to resell it. That way you make someone else happy and you earn something from it. At the KettingreACTIE we focus on old and broken phones that are not worth that much anymore. Of course you may also send in phones that are still worth something. With the money you earn, you support ICT From Tomorrow. This way they can help even more young people with a distance to the labor market!