74 mio. tons of e-waste
The UN estimates that we generate around 74 mio. tons of electronic waste every year. That's like throwing out 800 laptops every second.
Globally, only 17.5% of electronic waste is recycled
In Europe, we are the leader in documented recycled IT equipment with 43%. But globally, there is only documentation for 17.5%.
IT is toxic
Electronic waste contains toxic substances, like mercury, lead, arsenic, selenium, chromium and flame retardants
70% of all toxic waste is electronic waste
85% of our e-waste is sent for incineration, from where it releases harmful toxins into the air
Electronics contain lead
…which can damage our central nervous system and kidneys - and children's mental development can be affected even by very low exposure to lead
More consumption - more waste
300 million computers and 1 billion mobile phones are produced every year. It is expected to increase by 8% per year
The most common but dangerous electronic items
…include your television and computers with cathode ray tubes
We extend the lifespan
IT equipment continues to be replaced frequently. When new employees are hired the IT equipment is usually replaced. This is a great benefit for commerce but causes damage to our environment if it is not done in a sustainable and responsible manner.
At edgemo green, we strive to sell all IT related products which we retrieve from our customers. We give the products a new purpose, maybe in another part of the world and maybe in a completely new context, yet what is certain is that we will extend the lifespan of the equipment!
Green circular economy is not only an improvement for the environment, there is also a potential financial gain associated with recycle or re-use.
Our work is founded on UN’s Global Goals in order to create the best-possible result for you in your CSR-work and to create joint action for the environment and climate. Learn more about our work on sustainability.
Does this mean that we can ensure a new life for all equipment? No, even the best equipment will in time retire. In those instances, we ensure that the equipment is recycled in the most optimal way either as part of an extraction of raw materials or for parts. All done pursuant to ISO 14001.