How does it work?
Most electronic wastes go through a recycling system called WEEE – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. WEEE recycles up to 95-98% by weight, of all e-wastes passed through it but also ensures that any data left on hard drives and memories are thoroughly destroyed too.
Some of the procedures or processes involved are:-
- Firstly, the monitor is removed so that the tube can be removed from within known as separating the monitor body and CRT. The shell is then recycled along with regular e-wastes.
- Picking and sorting by hand; batteries and copper are extracted for quality control.
- Items are then shredded into small pieces such as 100mm to prepare the e-waste to be thoroughly sorted. Data destruction is normally performed at this stage.
- Small debris are shaken to ensure that it is evenly spread out on the conveyor belt before they are broken down even more
- Using industrial magnets, steel and iron are removed from the debris.
- Metallic items such as aluminium, copper and brass are separated from other non-metallic contents like glass. Metallic items can be reused or resold as raw materials
- Water is also used to separate plastic from glass contents to clear of oxides, phosphors and dust extracts, leaving just clean glass to be sorted out.