SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The International E-Waste Day on 14th October, 2022 will focus on reuse, repair and recycling of small e-waste, as highlighted by the slogan, “Recycle it all, no matter how small”.
The WEEE Forum, an international organization representing producer responsibility organizations across the world, noted that small, end-of-life electrical and electronic appliances poses greater challenge. The electronic appliances such as cell phones, electric toothbrushes, toasters and cameras are often discarded incorrectly, mainly due to their small size. They account for almost 8% of the total e-waste that end up in waste bins.
Pascal Leroy of WEEE Forum said that the International E-Waste Day provides an opportunity to remind people of the importance of every single piece of electronics or electrical product that is forgotten about in household drawers around the world. These small devices offer many important resources that can be used in the production of new electronic devices, he added. It must be noted that nearly 800 grams of silver, 150 grams of gold and 50 grams of palladium could be extracted from a tonne of PCBs found in small electronic devices.
As per UN estimates, approximately 24.5 million tonnes of small e-waste will be produced across the world in 2022 alone.
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