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E-recycling expected to gain momentum

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The COVID connection

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When COVID-19 struck, people worldwide began working remotely, which increased the use of digital communication tools. Events like this resulted in an increase in electronic scrap like cell phones and laptops. However, the pandemic also caused supply chain disruptions and a reduction in the manufacture of electronic devices, which, in turn, caused a temporary slowdown in e-waste recycling.

 Recycling in 2024

Given its environmental importance, recycling is poised to gain significant traction in 2024 and beyond. A circular economy in which products and materials are repurposed has achieved ongoing public support. Proper management of electronic waste is an essential part of this effort.

Anticipated recycling trends

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Public awareness of sustainability and the part recycling has to play in that effort is growing. Those watching the development expect that more emphasis will be placed on consumer education in 2024. Local governments and communities are already taking steps to process their waste locally, which reduces the need to transport recyclables to areas farther away. Efforts will promote more investment in recycling infrastructure and an increase in sustainable practices. Innovative recycling technologies, including chemical recycling, will help lessen the impact of waste disposal on the environment.

 

 

A focus on e-waste recycling

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Researchers predict that the global e-recycling market, valued at \$25.9 billion in 2022, will reach \$96.7 billion by 2032. Now that the global workforce is back on track, the use of electronics continues to increase almost everywhere. E-recycling has become increasingly important due to the need to recover electronic devices‘ valuable materials, such as silver, gold, and the soft metal gallium. These are scarce commodities that are expensive to mine. Therefore, through e-recycling, they will find reuse in the circular economy. Experts say the public can expect new laws for managing e-waste in the coming years.

The global picture

In Europe, Germany has a well-established recycling infrastructure and is expected to continue leading the market there in revenue production. In the Asia-Pacific region, China is the e-recycling leader. Given the country’s vast population and its growth in the manufacture of electronics, it will continue to dominate the e-recycling scene. Although Latin America is relatively new to e-recycling initiatives, researchers project significant growth in this area. The public is using more appliances and electronic devices and is becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of e-waste recycling. Finally, as the e-recycling leader in the North American market, the U.S. is expected to maintain a dominant position in terms of market size in the foreseeable future.

 

Looking ahead

New technologies will give rise to bigger and better electronic devices such as laptops, personal computers, and mobile phones. Home kitchen appliances, TVs, fans, and heaters are included in that group because they become electronic waste at the end of their useful lives. In 2024 and beyond, e-recycling is expected to realize significant growth in line with increasing public awareness of landfills’ harmful effects on the environment. You and your family members probably own multiple electronic devices. At Urban E-Recycling, we responsibly dispose of e-waste. The goal is to further sustainable practices and contribute to a circular economy. When the time comes for you to help save the environment through electronic recycling, we look forward to serving you.

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