E-Waste

E-Waste: How can the problem of waste from all over the world be solved?

Technology World

With the technology in Niya, the use of electronic products has increased wildly. Tons of natural resources are being used to produce semiconductor chips and components of other devices every day. These are mounted on pretend circuit boards (PCBs) work as the brains of most of today’s technologies devices. These expensive boards that control vehicles, manufacturing machines, aircraft, turbines, etc., are worth thousands of dollars. Over time these boards wear out and are discarded. The solution to this problem lies in the repair and reuse of these discarded equipment parts, which can avoid generating a lot of electronic waste (E-Waste).

Why are tools thrown away?
The problem is that over time the components of the circuit board become unusable. Due to software updates, these parts become slow and are rejected as unusable and not workable. Whereas with a bit of improvement they can be used again. In such a situation, many devices are discarded completely and thrown in the garbage even after knowing this truth.

This garbage can be saved
If an engineer is trained by equipping a technician with co-treatment equipment, he can improve this expensive equipment and save many components from becoming waste. But replacing worn-out equipment with new equipment only exacerbates the problem of e-waste.

A particular mindset
According to the United Nations University, more than 50 million tonnes of e-waste are generated every year worldwide. This is attributed to the “change instead of improve” mentality spread throughout the commercial world. But an important task is to remove waste, which reduces emissions and saves precious resources.

Disadvantages of bringing new equipment
Studies of circuit boards thrown in the garbage in several places have found that many of those boards could have been repaired. But the management did not understand the importance of that waste. Using a new board in place of the old board is costly and proves to be a poor use of resources. Equipment remains closed until new boards are purchased, resulting in loss of productivity and economic loss.

This problem also increased because of this
Due to such methods, the problem of e-waste in the industry has been increasing for the last several decades. In this, the assumption is made that new equipment works better than improved equipment. Correction to the original equipment manufacturer policy is always discouraged. Otherwise, technicians do not have the right tools to make the necessary corrections. This causes billions of dollars in damage and produces tons of toxic waste.

Time has warned us
The COVID-19 pandemic has made us acutely aware of the shortage of equipment parts. Due to this, many devices stopped being made. At the same time, the repair of equipment was also not readily available. Keeping good and capable technicians is also a difficult task. Recently, the ‘Repair Don’t Waste’ campaign was launched in which the emphasis on reform was advocated. But much work remains to be done in this direction also.

Of course, there are many benefits of “reform rather than change”, but it needs to be broadened. The producers themselves will have to promote it. It will be most important to properly include things like maintenance and life cycle support in the MoU. For this, education and awareness are also necessary at every level. The need is most for a change in the thinking and attitude of the people.