SOCIALBOX.BIZ | MAY 2021 BRIEFING

A SocialBox.Biz briefing update by Heather – Expert reports on why local solutions such as SocialBox.Biz local reuse and donating is a better option. SocialBox.Biz is making forward advance in digital inclusion manifesto with ongoing participation from partners.

Current e-waste recycling solutions are just exporting the problem — Prof Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London.

Stop! Are you considering recycling your old tech? While recycling is a noble cause, the truth of the matter is that you can give back to your community right here when you participate on an ongoing basis in the SocialBox.Biz Laptops for Homeless and Disadvantaged initiative. You’re also doing amazing things for the environment, local community whilst building and maintaining your ESG and meeting Civic Duties with ongoing participation. It’s a win-win-win…!  SocialBox.Biz experts can also advise on the best routes – please make SocialBox.Biz your first point of call TODAY. Call us first to donate usable items, you can still recycle other items. We provide secure on-site data removal solutions too. On-site is always the most secure.

E-waste is a MAJOR problem in every developed nation, as tech components fill up landfills. Recycling has shown to lend to e-waste, which is why LOCAL donation is being advocated for here at SocialBox.BIz and by other top industry experts. 

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-is-ewaste-and-what-can-we-do-about-it.html

Companies are coming under fire for not tackling the issue of e-waste. Statistics show that UKs e-waste is actually sent overseas, where there’s a scrap market for it, but oftentimes, this is done illegally. In one tragic instance, old electronics are actually poisoning people at a toxic dump in Ghana. The UK is among the worst statistically for these practices, underscoring the need for a change. 

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/nov/26/amazon-and-apple-not-playing-their-part-in-tackling-electronic-waste

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2021/01/21/uk-among-worst-offenders-for-e-waste-following-black-friday-binge/?sh=6ab6afda2c76

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/ghana-ewaste-dump-electronics

Electronic Waste and the Circular Economy – report extract: 121.The precious metals contained in a tonne of E-waste (in particular in PCBs) can often be far higher than the equivalent in a tonne of directly mined ore which means that ‘urban mining’ of E-waste is quickly becoming more cost-effective than virgin mining at those sites outside the UK that have the size and technology to extract them.298 In fact, because old E-waste contains more materials than lighter modern electronics, Europe could theoretically source most of the materials it needs for new electronics from old E-waste.299 The UK is therefore sending valuable and precious materials overseas for recycling and missing an economic opportunity from the high amount of electronic waste this country creates compared to others.

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmenvaud/220/22008.htm

When you recycle old tech, it’s not enough. We’re seeing this as not only a problem here in the UK, but an issue that plagues the world. Waste is a problem for everyone. The good news, however, is that it’s not too late to turn things around. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of those in need right here while also doing our part to preserve the environment. Upgrading and reusing tech is a valuable model that’s being proven right here and around the world. 

https://www.envirotech-online.com/news/business-news/44/breaking-news/are-electronics-being-recycled/44566

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/26/africa/marketplace-africa-ewaste-electronics-recycle-rwanda-spc-intl/index.html

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/waste/sri-lanka-is-not-anybody-s-dumping-ground-74102

And when we pioneer this mission, we are an inspiration for others. For instance, in India, tech waste is a major issue just as it is here. Could we inspire change elsewhere?

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/waste/international-e-waste-day-why-india-needs-to-step-up-its-act-on-recycling-73786

If you’d like to learn more about how to start making an impact in your community by donating your old tech, reach out to our team today! 

SocialBox.Biz and our long-standing initiative has been providing a solution for many years and is inviting additional companies and organisations such as schools, councils, colleges and universities to participate on an ongoing basis with all of the old, no longer needed, yet still useful items. Laptops for Homeless, Refugees, and Older People in isolation initiative from SocialBox.Biz Community Interest Company is helping organisations meet sustainability and impact goals and reduce the e-waste problem.

Named as “Hero innovators and change makers in 2021,” by The Independent newspaper as a testament to their Laptops for the Homeless, Elderly and Refugees Initiative, SocialBox.Biz is proving what’s possible when companies and organizations come together to better society.

June 17 2021 – Update

This week The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said more than 18 million children and adolescents globally are being exposed to toxic e-waste. First WHO report on e-waste and child health calls for more effective and binding action to protect children from growing health threat: 
https://www.who.int/news/item/15-06-2021-soaring-e-waste-affects-the-health-of-millions-of-children-who-warns

Currently, e-waste from schools and other large IT user organisations is sent overseas as there are no UK refinery facilities.

Our locally focused long-standing tech donation initiative from SocialBox.Biz is helping organisations get away from this problem of exporting e-waste before it even becomes waste. Our initiative does not require changing any current recycling arrangements as we are ensuring items that are still useful are not wasted and recycled by upgrading them with open source software and tech innovation. Please contact us TODAY.

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