Recycling electronics, particularly cameras, is often a difficult activity. This is because e-scraps are quite sophisticated and made of materials elements such as plastics, glass, metals, etc. While this procedure often varies, we follow a general process at Camera Recycle Centre Australia. So, here is a step by step process of camera recycling.
The first thing we do is collecting all the camera waste. We place collection bins or take-back booths at various places in all major cities like Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, etc. When these bins get full, we then transport the e-wastes to recycling plants or facilities.
After amassing and transporting the camera waste, the next thing we do is to thoroughly check every piece and see if there is still any chance for any item to work again. If some pieces start to work again, then we send to education purpose and charity.
In next step, it will be the shredding and sorting of the e-waste. The success of recycling of e-waste relies on shredding. That is why efficiency is so important at this stage. The shredding of e-waste involves opening the cameras into smaller pieces so it can be sorted out appropriately. Our professionals use their hands to make sure that these tiny pieces get sorted perfectly and then dismantled. This is usually labour-intensive because at this stage, the waste items are separated to recover different parts.
The tiny waste particles of the cameras get perfectly spread through a trembling procedure on the conveyor belt. The perfectly spread e-waste pieces then get separated even further. At this point, the dust gets extracted and removed in an environmentally compliant way. This way, we make sure that there is no environmental degradation.
In the next stage, a strong overhead magnet is used that quickly separate steel, iron from other wastes. This way, we successfully recycle the steel from the remaining waste. However, it becomes essential also to use mechanical procedures to separate copper and aluminium from the rest of the wastes particles. And this step becomes more important when the waste is mostly plastic.
The next thing we do is to scan the waste stream once again and look for the extracting leftover metals from plastics. We separate them also to purify the waste stream further.
The final stage of the recycling process is to segregate all the different parts, metals, etc. and pack them perfectly. After that, we send the send these as raw materials to respective companies, who use these to make various things, including new cameras.
Now that you know about our entire camera recycling procedure, you might be wondering whether you need to do this or not. If you have any second about recycling the old camera, here are some benefits you should know about.
Recycling the camera and other electronics waste helps to recover essential materials from the electronic products, either old or no longer in use. In turn, it saves and preserves natural assets. It is because the makers can now get the raw materials from recycled waste. As a result, there will be a minimum need to go to earth to get the raw materials. You will require less copper, lead or metal from Mother Nature. Always remember that these raw materials are not infinite to it is high time that we use them very carefully.
There is no denying that e-waste recycling prioritises the protection of nature. It seeks to give importance to appropriate processing, managing and handling hazardous and toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury. All these substances you are most likely to find in your e-waste stream. During the recycling process, any dust removed from shredded particles should be discarded in an environmentally friendly way. This way, the dangers that these elements generally pose to the nature get significantly reduced.
E-waste recycling creates more new jobs for people such as professional recyclers. And by so doing, it has created a new market where recycled materials will be the main commodity. The environmental protection agencies in Australia released findings, which show the positive impact of such market and economic benefits that comes from recycling of e-waste.
Generally, the uncollected e-wastes get dumped in the landfills. By recycling the unused and outdated camera, computer, phone, etc., we are minimising the quantity of e-wastes accumulating up at these places. As a result it will slow down the level of pollution. It is because two-thirds of waste present in the landfills are biodegradable, so they are capable of breaking down on their own return back to their natural form. When these wastes decompose, they produce dangerous gases like Methane and CO2, which highly contribute to global warming. So, in short, reduce e-waste from landfills will help to minimise the global warming.