Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a growing concern, especially as we start replacing our old TVs with new digital, high definition models. Add the mountains of cell phones thrown out (130,000 per year) along with computers (20 million just in the USA) and it’s easy to see why e-waste is such a problem. The UN Environment Program estimates we generate 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste worldwide every year. And that\’s expected to triple by 2010.
What\’s disturbing is that e-waste isn\’t ordinary garbage. It\’s garbage that leaks carcinogenic toxins into our water and soil. Even worse, a whole new sub culture of e-waste recycling has been created in developing countries, often done by children in poisonous surroundings.
Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) Inc. is the industry leader for Investment Recovery in North America, with a state-of-the-art recycling facility and all the innovative equipment for electronics processing.
During the GEEP recycling process, all packaging and hazardous materials are removed and then metallic and non-metallic materials are separated via its ERPI system. Copper, steel, aluminium, precious metals and clean plastic are removed and put aside to be resold. Glass is sent off to a lead refiner. Some of the mixed plastic recovered is converted to diesel fuel that powers the plant. In the end everything that can be recycled is reclaimed — GEEP also has an objective of Zero Landfill.