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Why Reuse is Better than Recycling?

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End-of-life ICT equipment forms part of an exponentially-growing pile of global e-waste–all those unwanted televisions, kettles, washing machines, stereos, light bulbs, and myriad other electronics that have or could enter the waste stream. Europeans alone generate some 20 kg of e-waste per year1 and according to the UN, 200 million computers and 550 million mobile phones reached the end of their life in 2008.2 Numerous attempts are under way to stem the rising e-waste tide. While the specifi cs of each country’s approach differ, in the main all aim to increase the separate collection of e-waste and its recovery by reuse and recycling. However, of these two options, recycling is often the default end-of-life response, regardless of whether the equipment is at the end of its useful life. For ICT equipment (as with other consumer goods), this is a wasted opportunity. As this first instalment in a series of special reports on ‘ICT and the Environment’ explains, reuse of functional equipment is the environmentally superior recovery option– and this is before we consider the additional socioeconomic benefits it reaps–and should be promoted as such in any waste management programme.

01 ASROCK 775i65GV Socket 775 Motherboard [ASROCK 775i6]
02 Intel D865PERL Pentium 4 Motherboard Socket 478 S478 **SATA** [
03 Intel Dual Core Computer System with Original Windows XP


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