“Man has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in its entire history.”
– Jacques Yves Cousteau
With the daily advancement of technology, the amount of waste that is improperly disposed of in large numbers is also growing. In order to improve our environmental footprint, as a community and individual we should strive for proper waste disposal, especially electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, televisions, printers, ovens, refrigerators, electric motors and similar EE components.
At Lucius Vitez, our year-round focus is on creating a healthier and cleaner environment by offering certified and legally regulated recycling services for electrical and electronic waste, as well as informing the public about the importance of these actions.
Below we bring you some interesting facts about EE-waste:
- currently only approx. 13% of e-waste, while between 20 and 50 million metric tons are disposed of,
- e-waste represents about 70% of the total toxic waste. Large amounts of lead found in electronics cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, kidneys, liver and blood.
- Electronic objects, ie mobile phones, contain large amounts of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. Hundreds of millions of dollars of precious metals end up in landfills every year.
- A million recycled mobile phones equals 16,000 kilograms of copper, 350 kilograms of silver, 34 kilograms of gold and 15 kilograms of palladium.
- Recycling a million laptops saves enough for annual electricity usage in approx. 3500 households,
- 244 kilograms of oil, 21 kilograms of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water are needed to produce one computer and monitor,
- monitors and televisions containing cathode ray tubes, LCD monitors and televisions, plasma televisions, and portable DVD players with LCD screen are considered to be particularly hazardous EE waste,
- large quantities of waste, declared as e-waste, are not in fact, but electronic equipment and parts that could be repurposed and reused,
- According to the statistics of world organizations, e-waste is the fastest growing type of municipal waste in the world, followed by plastic and paper.
- By smart waste disposal, recycling, product reuse and reuse, we contribute to the environment and public health.
- Act smart today, to live better tomorrow.