2 Tips to Manage Electronic Waste

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  • Stacks of used cellphones in Guiyu city, China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

    Stacks of used cellphones in Guiyu city, China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The use of electronic goods today is very much. It starts with mobile phones, laptops, televisions, refrigerators, to a variety of electronic knick-knacks. The number of electronic goods would also increase the number of electronic waste (E-waste).

    So far, the people of Indonesia dispose of the electronic waste as a normal waste. In addition, to destroy it, it is done by burning or burying it. Though these three ways have each risk that is not good for the environment because it contains hazardous materials.

    The author of the “E-Waste” and “Battery Waste” books, Rafa Jafar or commonly called RJ, shared the tips on managing electronic waste properly.

    “The first, sort the electronic waste by its type,” RJ said when met by Bisnis.com in the soft launching event of his second book “Battery Waste” on Wednesday, July 4, in Jakarta.

    At this stage, RJ explained the sorting, for example, the mobile phones made into one or the cables collected into one. “Once sorted by its type, separate it in more details, eg glass with glass, plastic with plastic,“ said RJ.

    The second step is recycling. RJ explained, for example, the plastic waste is recycled into basic plastic materials. The glass is also recycled into a glass base material. This stage is usually done by certain companies that focus on taking care of electronic waste processing. “Then there will be a certificate about a variety of electronic waste that has been recycled,” he said.

    The creator of the #PeduliSampahElektronik or #ConcernElectronic Waste movement has initiated the presence of a special electronic bag. He believed that such ways are able to minimize the dangers of electronic waste to society.