With an average shelf life of nine years, the coming tsunami of waste EV batteries needs action now.
Rare-earth metals are currently mined or recovered via e-waste recycling — methods with drawbacks including high cost, environmental damage, and risks to human safety. This is where we come in.
Used electronics and electrical equipment, known as e-waste, can generate a significant amount of money if recycled.
Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.
Despite knowing how harmful it can be, companies and businesses (primarily those in Europe and the US) target countries in the Gulf of Guinea as a dump for their toxic waste.
Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.
Apple's newest release comes without a wall charger and earpods. While the shift could reduce the company's carbon footprint, users shifting to wireless charging will use more energy.
New Zealand's potential to expand its domestic recycling sector is enormous. It could create jobs and divert millions of tonnes of waste from landfills, as long as there are clear, measurable targets.
Within the growing mountains of electronic waste, precious metals lie waiting to be recovered.
Demand for electric and electronic products is fuelling the meteoric rise in e-waste.
Electronic waste is accumulating and is a resource to be exploited. Microfluidic devices allow the development of recycling, including the recycling of rare earths – a precious resource.
Right to Repair laws make it easier for consumers, repairers and tinkerers to fix their broken goods. It's an attractive alternative to the dangers of overflowing e-waste.
Consumerism reaches a frenzied peak as the holidays approach, but it's not too late to put on the brakes.
The digital economy is taking off. So are the greenhouse gas emissions, electronic waste and pollution associated with it.
Sites like Agbogbloshie provides a valuable service. They offer opportunities for job creation, profit and cleaning up environments littered with waste.
For as little as $4 a day Indian workers process dangerous, toxic waste by hand. This unregulated, highly polluting industry is hidden away from police eyes.
Paper-based devices with foldable, biodegradable batteries provide a new way to reduce electronic waste. But how would these new gadgets work?
Research shows that campaigns that try to make consumers feel guilty about the amount they waste often make things worse, not better. A new study poins the way to more effective anti-waste campaigns.
Old landfills could be, quite literally, untapped gold mines.
As cities become 'smarter', they need more and more objects fitted with technology. We need to think about designing these objects to accommodate computers, which often break down and create e-waste.