How E-waste and electronics recycling helps environmental conservation

November 28, 2023
Environmental Services
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E-waste recycling is the process by which valuable materials are extracted from electronics for reuse. This process is highly complex, but the costs of this process are rapidly dropping, making it easier than ever for materials to be reused in various other electronic products and more.

While there are still significant barriers inhibiting electronics recycling, the potential for a much faster and cost-effective process is enough to justify investment in these processes now and in the future.


Electronics recycling can help recover precious and rare elements and materials that are non-renewable, cutting costs and reducing dependence on ecologically negative mining and extraction processes.

For example, lithium is a commonly used material that is non-renewable and vitally important for how most modern electronic products function. The price for this material has been exploding for several years recently. If more of this material can be extracted from discarded electronics, the price will drop and less of this material will need to be mined from pristine natural areas throughout the world.


Each year, about 50 million tons of technological waste is discarded. This causes multiple problems associated with technological pollution. Right now, the recycling rate is low, leaving a huge opportunity for reclaiming a great deal of reusable materials, like lithium for new electronicsRecycling these materials can help change the course of electronic development and allow for the creation of better recycling processes and still more new products requiring non-renewable resources.

In short, electronics recycling can make what was once non-renewable materials renewable again. This process will be key for the development of new products and new ways of dealing with e-waste, leading to a safer planet for everyone and better ways of dealing with this waste in the future and creating new products.