Data devices contain many valuable and nonrenewable metals and minerals. Utilizing them saves energy and reduces dependance on raw materials.
Photo: Recycling process of data equipment / Kuusakoski Oy.
In the recycling process, data equipment are crushed for the materials to be separated from each other with different technologies. For example, color metals such as copper and aluminium are melted. They are reutilized for instance in vehicle and electronics industry.
Old computers screens might contain phosphorus or mercury that are classified as harmful substances. They are separated in the recycling process and distributed to the relevant processing units of special waste.
Data equipment usually contain different types of plastic too. The plastic parts are recycled either as material or utilized as energy.
Generally, the materials continue their journey toward East Asia where most of the electronics is produced.
Producer organisations are responsible for processing the data equipment returned to the official reception points securely. Please consult your retailer about the possibility to return discarded data equipment into a locked data-SER bin.