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Understanding the Ewaste Recycling Process Step-By-Step

by Carolyn Jordan

As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, equipment that was useful just a few years ago can quickly become obsolete. In most cases, obsolete equipment is simply thrown away (in a rather careless manner) and tends to pollute the environment and result in the wastage of useful components. Therefore, ewaste recycling refers to the reuse and repurposing of old or obsolete electrical equipment.

All items, from radios to air conditioners, TVs to DVDs, and microwaves to computers, can undergo ewaste recycling. Understanding the recycling process can enable you to implement the right procedures when getting rid of your unwanted electrical equipment.

  • Picking

Once the ewaste materials are picked from various disposal sites, they are taken to a recycling plant. Here, the items are sorted out manually. You will find that items such as batteries are checked for quality, while hazardous and explosive items are removed.

  • Disassembly and breakdown

This second step is a highly labour-intensive process. It involves the manual disassembly of all the electronic equipment in order to identify the parts that can be reused. The components are also separated into relevant categories.

Parts that are immediately reusable are placed in one area, while parts that need further recycling are placed in another.

  • First Size reduction

Size reduction is a process that occurs to reduce the size of items that cannot be effectively dismantled manually. These items are shredded together and reduced to a size of about 2 inches across.

  • Second size reduction

After the initial size reduction process, a second step is carried out to further refine the ewaste particles. The components are placed on a conveyor belt that breaks down the initial ewaste products even further.

  • Separation of magnetic materials

An important part of the ewaste recycling process is to remove magnetic steel and iron from the rest of the ewaste debris. The particles from the previous step are spread out on a conveyor belt, after which a powerful over-band magnet is used to remove all the magnetic components from the debris.

  • Water separation

The water separation process is the final process that is carried out in ewaste recycling. It involves the separation of glass from plastic using water.

After the separation process, the various materials that are yielded can then be resold as raw materials. These include glass, copper, plastic, iron, circuit boards, among others. Contact your local ewaste recycling specialists to know more about this environmentally-friendly process.