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Smart cities and the importance of e-recycling

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Technological advancements

Technological advancements are at the heart of building future or “smart” cities around the world. A digital infrastructure forms the foundation of a smart city, and proper disposal of electronic waste is essential for a healthy environment for residents.

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Population increase

Experts estimate that 55% of the global population lives in cities today, and this number is expected to double by 2050. Therefore, every future city must provide as safe and healthy an environment as possible. Since people will reside within a small geographical area, city planners are focusing on the issue of air pollution. E-mobility is a priority. Emphasize public transportation, promote electric vehicles, and create infrastructure that supports walking and biking.

About future cities

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Technological achievements force us to reimagine how we live, work, live, work, and play. Future cities will be dense urban hubs.

 Most will be located inland and connected by high-speed rail. Each city will be built with natural features in mind, with food, water, and recreation readily available within the confines of the hub and solar walls and windows in every building. They will repurpose wastewater and landfills for human use.

Master plans

In April 2022, South Korea proposed the construction of a floating city on an autonomous rock to the United Nations. The design hopes to be a prototype for coastal communities affected by climate change, such as rising sea levels.

In Saudi Arabia, designs for a 100-mile-long linear city are underway. If all goes to plan, cars and their harmful carbon emissions will be replaced by high-speed, autonomous transit. Construction is already underway, and completion is expected by 2030.

In the United States, a billionaire wants to create Telosa, a sustainable city that will be a “global standard for urban living.” Although they have not yet identified a location, the plan prioritizes green spaces, renewable power sources for the city, and onsite water cleaning and reuse.

Energy management system

A smart city must be able to use its physical infrastructure efficiently. An urban hub of the future will likely employ an energy management system, or EMS, which is a network of devices capable of controlling energy usage. Essential components include sensors to monitor temperature output, controllers to receive information sent by the sensors, and controlled devices such as HVAC or lighting systems.

Electronic recycling solutions

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Americans are estimated to generate about 4.3 million tons of electronic waste annually. E-recycling is a way to reuse electronic waste, such as old or obsolete cell phones, computers, and batteries. The process helps to keep hazardous materials out of landfills. In addition, e-recycling prevents billions of pounds of CO₂ greenhouse gas emissions.

Local governments and companies like Apple, Dell, and Best Buy plan to ensure proper handling of electronic waste in future cities. For example, IBM is developing software programs enabling smart cities to manage utilities and other municipal services with minimal waste. Here at Urban E Recycling, we understand that managing electronic waste is essential to planning for sustainable urban living. It’s all about conserving resources, saving energy, and ensuring safe and healthy living standards for future businesses and residents.           

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