Should technology be blamed for the huge volume in e-waste?
With the continuous advancement of technology, people also want to keep up and own the latest gadgets. Old machines and devices that are irreparable or no longer in trend then add to the already towering pile of wastes. Dubai has come up with the solution to get rid of these electronic wastes through e-waste recycling.
Electronic wastes or commonly known as e-waste are electronic products that are no longer wanted. These electronics could be outdated, defunct, or have reached its maximum use. It includes DVD players, computers, monitors, TVs, printers, and most particularly, cellphones. In the United States alone, over 100 million computers are discarded wherein approximately 20% of it does not undergo proper recycling.
Inauguration of the Recycling Hub
To lessen the large volume of e-waste in its own country, the Dubai Industrial Park launched the official opening of the ‘The Recycling Hub’ by Enviroserve. It is the biggest collective electric and electronic waste recycling facility in the world.
His Excellency Engineer Saif Mohamed AlShara attended the special inauguration along with Saud Abu Al-Shawareb, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial Park. Other guests include industry leaders, business partners, government representatives, and the media.
During the event, Al-Shawareb said:
“The launch of The Recycling Hub at Dubai Industrial Park is a reflection of the UAE’s journey towards becoming a global platform that attracts innovative businesses and a successful model of the new green economy. We take pride in our partnership with Enviroserve, a key milestone in our mission to contribute to the development of an advanced industrial sector in the UAE that is focused on innovation and sustainable technology, and we look forward to the far-reaching positive impact that will extend to several regions in the world right from the heart of Dubai.”
What does it recycle?
The ultra-modern e-waste recycling plant measures 280,000 square feet. It can process Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), IT asset disposition (ITAD), specialized wastes, and refrigerant gas. It accepts all kinds of end-of-life electric as well as electronic equipment. The recycling facility is of Swiss technology and exceeds stringent European Union Standards for e-waste recycling.
The Recycling Hub can process up to 100,000 tons of integrated waste each year, of which 39,000 tons belong to e-waste. The e-waste recycling plant can process the full range of WEEE from consumers to the military. It can also recycle specialized waste materials including aerosols, light bulbs, cans, and FMCG products. As a matter of fact, it is currently the only committed refrigerant gas facility in the United Arab Emirates.
The mechanical separation process of the e-waste recycling plant is free from chemical use. It uses industrial air filtration that allows for a 96% recovery rate with no air or liquid emissions. Putting this into perspective, landfills will be free of 38,000,000 kilograms of e-waste every year.
World’s biggest e-waste recycling plant
The current largest e-waste recycling plant in the world is positioned to gain from Dubai’s strategic location and progressive policies. This also includes the emirate’s smart infrastructure. Consecutively, Dubai Industrial Park will work to entice and engage strategic business associates. It is expected to uplift Dubai’s profile for being a worldwide station for advanced production and innovative-focused businesses.
The Swiss Government Export Finance Agency supports the Recycling Hub project which is worth Dh120 million. It likewise represents one of the biggest foreign direct investments in the area of environmental management. Enviroserve’s e-waste recycling plant will service overseas e-waste recycling efforts throughout the Middle East, Caucasus, and Africa.
The opening of Dubai’s green e-waste recycling facility is sure to reduce the vast volume of electric and electronic wastes. This, however, doesn’t mean that consumers can treat their devices and equipment as disposables.
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