In general recycling is a process in which waste is processed to produce a raw material that serves to replace the primary raw material needed to produce a product. This contributes to the saving of primary raw materials, reduces the amount of waste and the pollution of the environment.
The recycling of waste can reduce both the consumption of primary raw materials as well as energy consumption and environmental pollution.
Waste recycling itself is a key component of the waste hierarchy. It ranks third, with only prevention and re-use taking the first two places.
Recycling of obsolete technology is, in turn, very important for two reasons. One is that valuable materials are extracted from the technology and can be used to produce new technology. The other reason why technology is to be recycled is that this prevents environmental pollution with hazardous waste, including heavy metals.
Which technology is being recycled?
In practice, almost all types of technology used by man is subject to recycling. In recent years, legislation has been created at European level which obliges technology manufacturers to produce their products in a way that allows easy recycling after they become obsolete.
As an example of a technology that can be recycled, we can mention: refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washing machines, boilers, TV sets, computers, mobile phones, copiers and many others.
Particular attention should be paid to the technology containing dangerous substances. An example of this may be the freon contained in the refrigerators and freezers which is an ozone-depleting substance and if the whole appliance is not properly treated, it may be released into the atmosphere.
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How does the entire buy-up and recycling process take place
The technology that you no longer need or is damaged becomes waste. Such technology should be handed over to a collection center for end-of-life equipment.
Normally, when buying new equipment, the seller also offers a free-of-charge service for receiving your old equipment, and you also have the opportunity to deliver it directly to a collection and treatment site.
In any case, the equipment eventually falls into a waste disposal site with all the necessary permissions for that, so it is better to pass it directly to such a site, thus you will also receive money for the equipment.
When sending your equipment, it must be in its entirety and no leakages should be present.
By landing on a collection and treatment site, your equipment is usually tested if it’s fit for re-usability. If found unfit, the process continues with dismantling in order to separate all components and materials subject to recycling. Such are, for example, iron, plastic, precious metals contained in plates and other materials.
After separation of the components, they are sorted by type and stored separately from each other. They then undergo various treatment processes in order to make them suitable for recycling by the final processor.
The actual recycling activities begin when they are arrive at the recycling site. There is the actual recycling and from the waste generated at the entrance of the recycling installation, at its outlet there is already a raw material ready for the production of new goods.
Recyclers themselves can be divided into two types. The first type receives the waste from which, after recycling, is obtained ready-to-use raw material for the production of new goods. The second type has incorporated the recycling of waste in their actual production. They receive waste for recycling from which they directly produce their final product, thus actually closing the cycle from the production of the commodity to the waste buy-up and recycling.