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More than 3 tons of e-waste dropped off at Makro

September 8, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

In little more than a month, 3.7 tons of electronic waste have been collected at the drop-off point set up by Makro and Fujitsu-Siemens at Makro’s Woodmead store, Greg Hart of Fujitsu-Siemens said on Talk Radio 702 today. The results have been so encouraging, he said, that the two companies are looking at rolling out the project nationwide soon, starting in Durban and Cape Town.

The e-waste is taken to Desco Electronic Recyclers for processing, said Hart. There the motherboards, for example, are ground down to fine powder and the different particles are extracted – such as plastics, which are recycled, and the various metals, which are sold off to be melted down and reused.

Desco will be audited to check that they dispose of hazardous material properly, said Hart.

Personal information on hard-drives is safe, said Hart. Desco gives a certificate to certify that they don’t access that information, he said, but, if you want to, you can take a hammer to your hard drive or drill a hole through it if you’re worried about security.

E-waste in numbers

August 21, 2008
Posted in Green News

Green IT was the theme of this year’s Gartner Symposium Africa, held this week in Cape Town. Over the course of the event speakers rolled out facts and figures on e-waste and the impact information technology is having on the environment. Here are a few of the many stood out for us:

460 000 – The number of PCs that reach “end-of-life” every day.
550 million – The number of mobile phones that reach “end-of-life” every year.
2% – The contribution of the IT industry to global carbon dioxide emissions, roughly equivalent to the output of the airline industry.
60% – The percentage of toxicity in landfill sites due to e-waste.
2%-3% – The percentage of landfill sites that are e-waste.
95%-98% – The percentage of PC materials that can be recycled.
6 ounces – The typical yield of gold from 1 ton of PC boards.
1 ounce – The typical gold yield from 1 ton of rock.