Blog – E-waste is an environmental time bomb.

Plastic in e-waste is an environmental time bomb that is being overlooked, say campaigners.

Plastic accounts for about 20% of the 50 million tonnes of e-waste produced each year, which is expected to more than double by 2050, this is why computer and electronic recycling is so important, what’s also important is that our youth is taught the importance of IT disposal and school e-waste recycling, to help ensure these figures don’t continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Drowning in plastic
“The amount of e-waste increasing annually is tremendous,” warned Ruediger Kuehr, director of the Sustainable Cycles Programme at the United Nations University.

A UN-supported campaign is calling on consumers to favour electronic devices that use recovered plastic. The PolyCE campaign, funded by the European Commission, also calls on manufacturers to use less plastic.

“At the moment, we are generating roughly 50 million tonnes per year globally, and it is expected that it will reach 110 million tonnes in 2050 if we do not change our existing business and consumption practices.” Added Kuehr.

Dr Kuehr explained that, currently, most of the plastic in electronic devices were not designed for recovery or recycling. As a result, it ended up untreated in landfill sites, but when recycling with Recycle Your Tec, they ensure that none of your redundant items is ever sent to landfill sites.

“We always look to reuse, refurbished or recycle any redundant IT that comes to us from Schools, Business and Charities,” said Recycle Your Tec Manager Gary Ward.

One driver for the unprecedented growth in e-waste includes the notion of “leap-frog” technology, the need for the latest item(s). Technology companies have the habit of having a “new” or “upgraded” piece of kit ready as their newest line is released, this is massively increasing our e-waste as items are made redundant quicker than ever before.

More than half of the world’s population now have access to the internet or mobile phone, This means that there has been an explosion in the volume of demand for electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

All of this is driving up the annual volume of e-waste.

While there is a growing awareness of the threats posed by plastic waste in general, little or no attention is placed on the impact of the waste plastic from the millions of disposing of electronic devices around the world.

“Firstly, and foremost, we want to raise awareness among consumers on the benefits of recycled plastics in electronics,” explained Violeta Nikolova from PolyCE (Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy).

“We would also like consumers to start thinking more about the components of products, in the same way, they’re looking into appearance or design quality,” she told BBC News.

The project’s campaign is scheduled to run for two years until 2021.

While plastics are essential for making many different components of electronic and electrical products, industry experts in the PolyCE consortium’s network said products can be designed in ways that make the material recovery of plastic components easier.

Ms Nikolova added: “It is the beginning of this conversation. We are aware that it’s not going to have immediate results, but it would perhaps be the beginning of something that that will create momentum.”

It’s good to know that this is the start of a plan to reduce plastics being used in electronic items, but we also need to act right now and be sensible with our actions. While most of us want the latest and greatest gadgets, those already in your possession might still be top of the line to some people and by recycling with Recycle Your Tec, they will ensure that those items are ever sent to landfills and are 100% either reused, refurbished or recycled.

Find out more about there FREE recycling service at www.recycleyourtec.com

Reduce, reuse, reboot!

Reduce, reuse, reboot!

With global e-waste projected to hit 80m tonnes next year, consumers need to put pressure on technology firms to make their products more repairable.

 

Start with a mobile phone

You’ll probably have noticed that recycling your mobile phone is comparatively easy. Not only is there a huge resale market for these in developing countries but mobile phones also produce gold, silver and copper. In the UK, mobile phone companies have paid into funding schemes such as Recycle Your Tec or Envirophone.

 

Make the retailer take it back

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (adding up to the unfortunate acronym WEEE) is covered in EU law by the WEEE directive (who knows what Brexit may bring), designed to stop people doing the worst thing they can do with electronic waste: chuck it into landfill. When retailers sell you a new item they have to, by law, take in the equivalent old model and dispose of it according to regulation. It therefore becomes their responsibility, schemes such as PC World offer a take back scheme when buying a new laptop or desktop PC.

 

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I know from experience (a new vacuum cleaner) that this can mean a lot of standing around in a high street store while the manager denies all knowledge of the WEEE directive but do persist. If the retailer or manufacturer uses Environcom as a contractor, this is good news – the Grantham-based company recently won a prestigious Circular economy award for reprocessing WEEE.

 

Stockpile your tech e-waste.

This might sound like the hoarder’s way out, but change is a-coming. At the moment 45% of UK waste electrical goods are recycled, with 80% of it going overseas. By 2020, at least 85% will have to be recycled. Recycling with a company such as Recycle Your Tec ensure that you’re E-Waste is reduced, reused or rebooted ( repaired ) Such schemes work wonders for the environment as all items are given new homes or used for parts, by recycling via a scheme such as this, you could even make some money back at the same time ( specification permitting )

 

Shun an upgrade and buy thoughtfully

The fewer phones you have, the fewer you need to recycle. Easy. Taking a slow approach to tech and eking out the lifespan of key gadgets is key to cutting your contribution to e-waste. When you must replace, use Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics. Tech behemoths score badly for scaling down repairability. Also look for tech that avoids problematic resources in the first place or uses sustainable materials – House of Marley headphones, for instance, use FSC certified wood. The Eco-vert label denotes low-energy manufacture and avoidance of toxic materials and appears on some printers and computers. Fairphone.com is the ethical market leader – it not only uses conflict-free minerals but is a modular product designed to be repairable.

 

Recycle Your Tec works with individuals, schools, charities & businesses with its technology recycling, no matter the size of the desired recycle, RYT is able to support at minimal or no cost to you or your business.

Give them a call today to discuss you’re recycling needs.

 

 

Gaming Look back – Sega Dreamcast

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The Dreamcast is a home video game console released by Sega on November 27, 1998 in Japan, September 9, 1999 in North America, and October 14, 1999 in Europe, sold in excess of 9.13m units worldwide.

It was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony’s PlayStation 2, Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft’s Xbox. The Dreamcast was Sega’s final home console, marking the end of the company’s 18 years in the console market.

The turn of the 21st century does, of course, belong to the PlayStation 2, but Sega’s final console was the first of that sixth-generation of home gaming systems, and to this day inspires unbelievable loyalty amongst its fanbase.

Hardware shortages, mediocre marketing, the lack of EA’s otherwise omnipresent sports games and Sega’s bad rep off the back of the preceding Saturn and 32X consoles meant it couldn’t compete with the PS2’s eventual blitzkrieg.

It was a pioneer of online gaming, however – the shining light of the modem age. Its MMO Phantasy Star Universe still runs to this day. It even had a web browser and supported keyboards (the latter was also memorably employed in bonkers spelling-shooter The Typing of the Dead).

The Dreamcast might be long off the shelves, but its scene continues to thrive – which is at least partly due to the crazy ease of running pirated and homebrew games on it.

Top 3 rated games.

  1. Soul Calibur

Image result for Soul Calibur dreamcastIt’s hard to imagine a fighting game today making the kind of impact of Soulcalibur, but Namco’s Dreamcast launch title was boldly revolutionary, completely raising the bar for how a 3D console fighter could look and play. On the surface, the game remains remarkably polished, with hugely enhanced visuals over the arcade release that remain among the best in Dreamcast’s library. But as the visual impact begins to fade with time (though not much, it has to be said) the weapons-based combat remains exemplary, striking a remarkable balance between accessibility and depth. The lengthy mission mode remains a perfect example of how to augment a quick-play arcade game for weeks of home console play sessions. But even without that, the standard one-on-one versus game would still top our list. The 8-way run, ultra-precise parrying system and sheer wealth of useful and beautiful fight moves make Soulcalibur one of the best fighting games of all time. And it’s the absolute best Dreamcast game, period. The legend will never die.

  1. Crazy Taxi

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This very nearly topped our list, so consider this a very close runner-up to the winner. Crazy Taxi gives you a simple goal: use the limited time available to transport as many passengers as possible across the city, picking up time bonuses for speedy trips. And so begins a chaotic spin through crowded streets and impromptu shortcuts, wherein you’ll rock out to The Offspring and Bad Religion while chauffeuring screaming passengers to Pizza Hut. Thanks to its deceptively deep control scheme and high-score replayability, it’s still a vibrant and exciting play experience today, many years after its iconic Tower Records storefronts faded to the wind.

 

 

  1. Sonic Adventure 2

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It’s a widely held belief that Sega pretty much killed off its mascot when it made the jump to 3D, and it has to be said that many of the 3D Sonic games are pretty terrible. However, Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast was an exception to that rule.

The first Sonic Adventure may have been a little rough around the edges, but the second game managed to refine the formula greatly. It featured multiple characters, various game styles and some impressive presentation. It was a slick, 3D affair that was one of the few such Sonic games to recapture the feel of the originals whilst injecting something new.

The pseudo-adventure elements of the first game were stripped out, leaving, for the better, a much more traditional action-oriented game. It also made much better use of the DC’s VM units thanks to the improved Chao garden.

It wasn’t a perfect game, but it’s one of the last, great Sonic games released, and to some, the only 3D outing worth playing.

 

Did or do you own a Sega Dreamcast?

 

We at Recycle Your Tec are happy to recycle used gaming machines when they come with any laptops or desktop pcs, why not recycle your redundant IT with us today.

 

Visit www.recycleyourtec.com For Full Details.

 

 

Explained – E-Waste Recycling

Are you planning to recycle your redundant office or school technology soon?

If you are, it’s likely that you’ll be looking to dispose of everything efficiently while you’re at it. When planning for your commercial or school recycle don’t just dump your unwanted electronics. When you don’t dispose of electronics in an eco-friendly way, it’s terrible for the environment, only 15 to 20% of e-waste is recycled.

What is e-waste? E-waste is any electronic device that either doesn’t work anymore or for which you no longer have a use for. The e-waste that is not recycled goes directly into landfills. Some e-waste gets illegally exported to developing countries. Before you plan your commercial move, it’s essential that you know some things about recycling electronics.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR REDUNDANT TECHNOLOGY ?

When planning your school or office clear out, it’s likely you’ll be getting rid of many electronics. It’s a fact that there are more phones than there are people on Earth. However, most of us aren’t aware of where these electronic devices end up.. However, when planning for an your redundant recycle, you want to work with eco-friendly company like Recycle Your Tec.

 

WHAT IS E-WASTE?

Electronic waste, or e-waste, describes electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working, or obsolete. Electronics that have reached the end of their useful life are mainly considered e-waste. Some examples of e-waste we recycle include:

  • Computers
  • Components of computers, such as a keyboard or mouse
  • Printers
  • Monitors
  • Smartphones
  • Televisions

 

Where does the E-Waste Go?

it’s important to recycle electronics for an important reason. Studies show that e-waste gets exported to developing countries that do not have the means to recycle safely. Recycle Your Tec never exports your E-Waste to developing countries, we look to refurbish, repair or recycle all items in an environmentally friendly manner.

Erase Your Data Before Recycling.

When planning to recycle e-waste, make sure you erase your data. Don’t just delete your files. You must wipe the hard drive, so your files are not retrievable by anyone else. If you either don’t know how to do this or have the programs available then Recycle Your Tec ensures this is completed for you. We use White Canyon which eases your data in full with full certification provided.

Never throw away the batteries.

Another thing to remember when planning your e-waste recycling, never throw away batteries. Batteries contain poisonous materials that can harm the environment. For that reason, make sure you recycle batteries during your commercial move.

Recycle Your Tec offers a completely FREE service to School and Charities when they are looking to recycle their e-waste. We also support businesses of all sizes with a small delivery and collection charge being chargeable in some instances.

There is never a certain time to recycle your e-waste, but when there is then look to Recycle Your Tec to provide hassle-free, environmentally friendly, technology recycling.

Visit www.recycleyourtec.com to book a collection, Today.

What is WEEE & Why Recycle ?

What is WEEE

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is the term used to define redundant/faulty electronic equipment waste produced within the UK. The WEEE directive 2007 regulations define how WEEE needs to be handled, transported, refurbished and recycled.

WEEE is a rapidly inflating waste stream due to increasingly more people and organisations becoming dependant on what technology can offer along with the fact that new technology outdates its predecessor within a very small time scale. Technology is the fastest developing sector in the world with new revisions being created before the latest products are even available for sale. This leads to a fast turnaround in electronic equipment just so everyone can keep up and not get left behind.

Why Recycle

Environmentally friendly recycling of your redundant/faulty IT systems is essential to promote a good sustainable impression on others & to have a positive impact on the world in which we live.

Recycling is extremely important to both the environment and us.

The amount of WEEE computer waste we create is constantly increasing due to:

  • Rapidly evolving computer technology. IT equipment must be upgraded quickly to stay up to date which of course is producing increasing amounts of WEEE PC waste
  • Items are reused less and less – IT devices are simply considered by both end users and manufacturers as single-use devices. Manufacturers aren’t embedding factory reset techniques
  • The population is increasing which increases the amount of IT equipment in use and being disposed of.
  • The capabilities of IT are advancing extremely fast which means more people are becoming dependant on it
  • IT hardware is rarely considered for repair anymore. Once it is broken, a new item is purchased
  • IT hardware is becoming increasingly affordable making it more widely used and disposed of

The environmental importance of IT computer recycling is high with negative impacts of non-compliance:

  • Hazardous chemicals such as lead, mercury and arsenic are released into the water system if IT equipment is improperly disposed of
  • If IT equipment isn’t reused it increases the amount of IT hardware disposed of and new hardware being manufactured
  • WEEE waste is illegally exported to developing countries where valuable metals are burnt out of the systems with the remaining waste left to contaminate the environment. Developing countries simply don’t have the resources in place to recycle such hardware
  • A large amount of energy is used when manufacturing new IT hardware. Recycling requires much less energy and therefore preserves natural resources
  • The landfill sites are becoming more and more congested

The significant positive effect of computer recycling on people and the economy:

  • General recycling incorporating computer hardware disposal is the fastest growing economic sector within the UK providing increasing numbers of jobs
  • People with a lower income are able to afford cheaper hardware
  • To developing countries, what we call IT waste is state of the art to them. Providing the computer disposal, data destruction, refurbishment and export proceedings are compliant with legislation then the hardware benefits other countries around the world who cannot afford new systems
  • Increased positive sense of environmental sustainability throughout the nation
  • The sale of refurbished hardware generates income whereas disposal costs money and often creates unrecyclable waste.

 

Recycle Your Tec will dispose of & recycle your old IT equipment. You’ll know where your redundant assets are at every stage of their disposition and get the best market value for any that are reusable. Plus, you’ll gain peace of mind from choosing a socially and environmentally responsible solution when recycling your redundant computer systems.

 

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We’re heading to RWM in Birmingham.

RWM will transform Birmingham’s NEC into the focal point of the global resource management industry when the show returns on 11 & 12 September, 2019.

 

As the leading recycling and waste management event in the UK, RWM is a platform for the industry’s most influential names and organisations to discover the latest innovations shaping their sector.

Over two action-packed days, more than 14,000 recycling and waste management professionals will travel from around the world to connect with forward-thinking businesses, public sector bodies, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations.

Attendees representing retail, leisure, manufacturing and construction firms will all attend the show; while local authorities, trade associations, and waste management companies will also send delegates to discover the latest environmentally sound and profitable solutions.

The high calibre of attendees attracted to RWM down the years hasn’t gone unnoticed by some of the most dynamic and innovative solutions providers from the waste and recycling sectors – who will form a world-class lineup of 500 cutting-edge exhibitors.

As well as getting the incredible opportunity to sell their cutting-edge products face-to-face to a room full of prospective decision makers, these exhibitors can also get immediate feedback on any new products launched directly to the sustainability sector.

And RWM’s unparalleled exhibitor lineup is more than matched by its incredible schedule of 350 expert-led seminars – Keynote Lineup for 2019 includes  BBC Broadcaster & Patron of Clean Up Britain Jeremy Paxman, Founder of TerraCycle Tom Szaky and Mary Creagh from the Environment Audit Committee.

What’s more, to make it as simple as possible for the thousands of visitors to find the right exhibitor for them, or their perfect seminar, RWM is split into seven areas which are dedicated to a specific part of the waste and recycling field: Energy From Waste, Handling & Logistics, Machinery & Equipment, Recyclers & Reprocessors, Data Tech & Services, Zero Emissions, and Ai & Robotics Conference.

These focuses will allow visitors to take a journey through the sectors that unite the worlds of energy, waste, water and recycling – all contributing to make one of the most comprehensive RWM programmes ever.

And, as is this all wasn’t impressive enough, RWM will also be a platform for attendees to not only hear about the latest industry solutions, but to also see them live in action during the events exciting live product demonstrations.

A FREE ticket for RWM 2019 also grants you unlimited access to its three co-running shows – The Flood Expo, The Contamination Expo Series, and Future Resource.

So to grab your free tickets for one of the world’s leading sustainability shows, head along to the RWM website now!

Or to enquire about the amazing exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities offered by the show, contact the RWM event director, Nick Woore, on 0117 9296083 or email nick.woore@prysmgroup.co.uk.

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