What is E-waste ?

We promote responsible recycling

 

WHAT IS ELECTRONIC WASTE?

 

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment also known as e-waste refers to any type of broken, unwanted or discarded electronic equipment-waste includes computers, TVs, stereos, DVD players, fax machines, cell phones and other electronic and electrical household appliances that have been thrown away. It is definitely recyclable because it is a valuable source of secondary raw materials. It will become toxic if not treated and discarded properly.

In South Africa there us a rapid increase in electronic waste. Although some end up in landfill sites, large numbers of obsolete computers are believed to be pilling up in homes and offices. Owing to their makeup these items obtain valuable materials which can be recycled and or reused.

The development recently of waste legislation in the country encourages recycling and as a result formalisation of the recycling industry.

This helps to alleviate the employment crunch that the country is facing and help save our precious landfill airspace.

OUR CHALLENGE

 

  • Electronic waste (e-waste) is growing at an unsustainable rate.
  • Storage rooms are full of assets that are no longer in use.
  • The management of Asset list is tricky during the Audit period as managers are not sure on how to write off these assets
    Communities and schools that could benefit that could benefit from refurbished computers do not get them timeously.
  • Proper management of retired or decommissioned IT assets is an integral part of a strong IT management strategy, but unfortunately, this task often falls by the wayside due to the sheer number of daily job responsibilities already on the shoulders of most CTOs.
  • E-waste is now the fastest growing, and most toxic, component of municipal garbage.
  • Local governments are facing huge costs to handle e-waste, and even greater costs if they do not capture this toxic stream and handle it in an appropriate manner.

 

THE BENEFITS OF RECOVERING EWASTE

 

  • Reduce the cost associated with managing retired or decommissioned equipment.
  • Reduce the stress, hassle, and risk associated with maintaining data security.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance through the proper disposal and recycling of unsalvageable equipment
  • Improve the company’s chances of obtaining a higher ROI for its working IT assets.

 

WHO WE ARE?

 

Bolunga Electronic waste is a division of company that is a responsible recycling of electronic equipment company that is based in the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. We have membership with the Electronic Waste Association of South Africa (e-WASA). We provide services of Collecting, dismantling, processing and refurbishing IT/Computer equipment Waste. We are registered in Eastern Cape Treasury department and have been operating in the province for since 2012.

In all spheres of business and government operations there a rapid increase in Electronic Assets disposal quantities. Although some end up in landfill sites, large numbers of obsolete computers/printers are believed to be pilling up in homes and offices. Owing to their makeup these items obtain valuable materials which can be recycled responsibly or refurbished.

The development recently of waste legislation in the country encourages recycling and as a result formalization of the recycling industry. This helps to alleviate the employment crunch that the country is facing and help save our precious landfill airspace.

 

WHAT WE DO

 

Destruction of Secure data: In instance of managing the destruction of secure data that could be stored in the hard drives of the computers, we have tools that will erase all the data and issue a certificate of destruction.

Collection of disposable items: Bolunga Electronic Waste is able to collect the waste from all places in King William’s Town and East London region. Provided there are over 50 office equipment to be picked up, we are able to pick-up the equipment from anywhere in the Province.

Refurbishing of items: We will test equipment received that has lifespan that is less than 18months. If the individual items are still in working order, we will harvest the components and rebuild the computers. Computers that have been rebuilt will either be given back to the department or sold at a discount price to the community or schools.

Recording & Issue of Certificates: All incoming materials are recorded using their serial numbers and/or barcode and this document is signed both supplier and receiver.

We have staff that is capacity to deliver, business processes that are efficient and conduct business in a manner that respects the environment and keeps the staff and environment safe.

 

WHY DO WE RECOVER ELECTRONIC WASTE?

 

  • Contains both valuable material
  • Contains potentially hazardous material that can be recovered through proper recycling
  • Contains devices that can be refurbished and redistributed to HD communities
  • It creates jobs through fairly new industry.

Bolunga E-waste recycling Process

Record incoming equipment

All incoming materials are recorded using their serial numbers and/or barcode and this document is signed both supplier and receiver.

Testing

This is where the equipment is checked for functionality. Testing is done at two levels. The personal computer is checked as a whole and then checked at component level.
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Dismantling

Outdated and non-functional equipment and components are separated into recyclable materials such as plastics, printed circuit boards

Refurbishing

working components are either used as spares for fixing other electronic equipment to restore their functionality or they are cleaned up and sold off.

1. Preventing waste in the first place is the preferred management option
2. This can be achieved through repairing, upgrading used electrical equipment
3. Example- adding memory to a computer, upgrading software

Disposal

Each component is delivered to specialised disposal places. We are supported by bigger disposal companies to dispose metal, plastic, PCB’s and CRT’s.

1. The least preferred option is to landfill electronic waste
2. This should only come as a last option but care to consult with state regulations on disposal of any hazardous waste