As technology keeps evolving, companies are constantly adopting new electronic equipment to streamline and automate processes. When these products reach the end of their lifecycle, it is the company’s responsibility to deal with electronic waste (e-waste) in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. In the UK alone, 1.4 million tonnes of e-waste are sent to landfills every year, leaking harmful toxins into the earth.
Corporations have huge potential to impact the growing e-waste crisis. From production to disposal, they have an accountability to implement proper disposal strategies to avoid dumping electronic goods in developing countries and these goods ending up in landfills.
Many large-scale technology manufacturers have implemented take back schemes and recycling programmes to reduce the impact their technology has on the environment. Yet, recycling cannot be treated as the solution for the current e-waste crisis. In fact, it should be the last resort.
With climate change at the forefront of the political and social agenda, the ‘Right to Repair’ movement is gaining traction, advocating for the right of people to repair their devices instead of being required to purchase a new one. Buying refurbished products is also an alternative to recycling.
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