During the last five years, the amount of electronic waste generated worldwide has increased by 21 percent, with 53.6 million metric tons generated in 2019. During the last two years the world’s use of technology has increased exponentially, and along with the more e-waste we create, the larger our carbon footprint has become. People often don’t realize how much electronic trash can harm the environment, but there are steps the ITAD industry can take to reduce the amount of e-waste created, and overall reduce the world’s carbon footprint. One of these steps is mobile reuse and recycling.
Technology is unique in its design. Old electronics cannot simply be thrown away in a trash can like any other waste. Devices containing Lithium Ion batteries can be dangerous when handled poorly, and it is important to contact professionals when disposing of IT hardware. The disposition process ensures a safe, environmentally friendly process of retiring electronics, and some include breaking down certain devices for any available parts that can be used in other devices, and the reuse of mobile devices specifically.
Mobile devices are among the most utilized electronics in the world. Many families own more than one phone, and/or a tablet or iPad, and when new versions are released each year there’s no hesitation to upgrade. However, manufacturing new devices requires more raw materials to be used, which is why some ITAD facilities offer mobile repair and reuse options.
Every smartphone contains several precious metals such as gold, copper,silver, aluminum etc. According to GSI Exchange, the annual worldwide manufacturing of PC’s cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices uses $21 billion worth of precious metals. Aluminum comprises 42 percent of an iPhone’s mass, followed by iron at 14 percent, then copper and cobalt at around 6 and 5 percent. Recycling electronic devices allows the recovery of these precious metals and conserves efforts and resources required to mine more. When mobile devices have not yet reached the end of their lifecycle, many are repaired, refurbished and sold for re-use. Purchasing used mobile devices helps reduce the need for more devices to be manufactured, and therefore, the amount of raw materials used.
When IT assets cannot be repaired for reuse, they are recycled in an efficient manner that focuses on eliminating potential environmental liability. HOBI International Inc. is a premiere IT asset disposition enterprise that offers a full range of ITAD services including Mobile Lifecycle Management for Mobility Managed Services, with repair and resale options for mobile devices. At HOBI we focus on maximizing economic return, and make it our goal to contribute to reducing the carbon footprint through reuse and e-recycling.
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