Nowadays, the electronic waste is quite modern. This is partly due to the fact that we more frequently update the electronics we use. This means that your obsolete electronics products may contain still well-performing components. Components that can have a prolonged life in new circular products. In Stena Recycling's reuse business, the useful parts are sorted, packaged, and used in the manufacture of new electronic products. This applies, for example, to memory cards, RAMs, and hard disks. Sometimes entire products can be wiped out of their data and then reused. It’s also good to know that the data content never can be recreated, as it’s thoroughly destroyed with very advanced processes.
Significant values left
We create large circular values when components get an extended product life, instead of being ground and recycled. For example, reuse means an important step up the waste hierarchy, to a better and more resource-smart alternative. Reuse also means that we postpone the actual recycling of the material in your electronics. This way, we better manage the planet’s resources.
In the film, you get to know more about how reuse contributes to more circular products. Collaboration with Electrolux, we even looked at how components from discarded vacuum cleaners can live on. Among other things, the project showed that the vacuum cleaner engine still had 80% of its capacity, when the original product was discarded. So, we could use them in our prototype, which now consists of 100% recycled components and recycled materials.