Re-Routing Deadly Electronic Waste

tel-aviv-alte-zachen-green-prophet.jpgIsraelis are known for their advances in high-tech. We brag about it whenever we can. A little known fact is that Israel also generates and exports tons of e-waste, or electronic waste.

Bringing things up to speed is an Israeli company, Snunit Recycling which is poised to make a pretty penny from our electronic waste. And we don’t mind that fact at all.

While computers and electronic devices contain materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium (all very poisonous materials), they also contain good parts too, such as gold, platinum and silver.

Not quite like the Alte Zachen in Tel Aviv that ride around on donkey or horse to fetch your junk, Snunit has begin operating only two collection points so far, INN reports, as well as a mobile collection service across the country, to collect old electronic devices for recycling.Pakistan, E-waste, soil contamination, water contamination, pollutionE-waste wanted: 

  • screens
  • old laptops and computers
  • Cell phones
  • printers
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • DVD players
  • scanners
  • telephones
  • MP3 players
  • palm pilots (remember when they were a thing!)
  • cameras
  • appliances
  • electronic toys
  • power tools

The devices are disassembled into their different materials, which are then dispatched to different recycling and toxic waste disposal facilities to minimize pollution and save landfill space.

Thanks to a story on Ecogeek (via Greenpeace), we learn that we can all generate less e-waste (about 50%) by using a computer based on Linux rather than windows.

A 2004 UK study found measurable green benefits to running a Linux open source operating system (OS) on computers instead Windows OS, owned by Microsoft.

Windows more e-waste polluting than Linux systems

The major problem with Windows is that users need to replace their computer twice as many times as Linux users, because Windows OS upgrades demand more hard drive space and faster processing speeds.

The study concluded that Windows effectively created twice as much computer-generated e-waste as Linux. The report said: “There are also potential Green Agenda benefits, through reducing the energy and resources consumed in manufacturing replacement equipment, and reducing landfill requirements and costs arising from disposal of redundant equipment.

“Industry observers quote a typical hardware refresh period for Microsoft Windows systems as 3-4 years; a major UK manufacturing organisation quotes its hardware refresh period for Linux systems as 6-8 years.”

::Green Trash from Space

::Dumpster Diving Tel Aviv Style

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4 thoughts on “Re-Routing Deadly Electronic Waste”

  1. b79 says:

    One of the solutions I’ve found that help tackle e-waste and keep existing, outdated PCs going is to go with a company called Userful. They’re huge on green computing and can use a single existing PC to power up to ten workstations at once. This is a huge way to help combat e-waste and bring outdated PCs back to life. You can find out more on this here –

    1. The company Userful is no longer operating to recycle e-waste. Too bad.

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