Photo: Karava Mountain Argithea Karditsa Greece
by Maroulis Chrysanthos
As technology is currently advancing at a rapid pace, electronic and electrical products are replaced over time with new and better ones, resulting in a rapid increase of their waste.
What are the main benefits of recycling electrical and electronic equipment?
1. It contributes to the protection of the environment from dangerous substances contained in them
2. It leads to the recovery, in special factories, of recoverable materials, such as metal, glass and plastic, which are reused in the production process, thereby saving energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions
3. It reduces the extraction of non-renewable natural resources, such as minerals and oil, thus avoiding environmental degradation
4. It has economic benefits for citizens, since manufacturers who produce products to a large extent from recycled materials have the potential to reduce their production costs, i.e. lower prices for consumers.
Which types of equipment can be recycled?
Large electrical appliances: Refrigerators, large refrigeration appliances, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, cooking appliances, electric cookers, electric hot plates, microwave ovens, electric heaters, electric radiators, fans, air conditioning appliances.
Small electrical appliances: Vacuum cleaners, electric irons, frying appliances, toasters, hair-trimming and drying appliances, toothbrushes, shaving appliances, massage devices and other body-grooming equipment, as well as watches and equipment for measuring, indicating and recording time.
Computer and telecommunications equipment: Computers, printers, mice, monitors, keyboards, laptops, notepads, electrical and electronic typewriters, fax machines, phones, mobile phones and answering machines.
Entertainment/Consumer equipment: Radios, televisions, video cameras, audio players, audio amplifiers and musical instruments, electrical and electronic tools, as well as games and entertainment equipment (video game consoles, video games, coin-slot devices).
Lighting equipment: Fluorescent lamps, low-pressure sodium lamps and lighting or lighting-control equipment, other than filament lamps.