What can be Recycled
All electronic and electrical equipments can be segregated into the following categories, depending on their functionality and the type of chemicals, or parts present in them. These are:
IT and Telecommunication related Equipments – These include computers, printers, laptops, notebooks, telephones, electronic typewriters, answering machines, calculators, fax machine, telex, copiers, and so forth.
Large Household Appliances – Air Conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, clothes dryer, electric stove, microwave, and so forth.
Small Household Appliances – Vacuum cleaners, iron, toasters, grinders, coffee machines, hair dryers, massagers, electric knives, fryers, clocks, scales, and other small appliances.
Sound & Image related Equipments – Television, stereo, video recorder, camera, and audio amplifiers etc.
Toys & Sports Equipments – Battery operated toys, electric trains, car racing sets, video games, and other toy or sports items.
Electronic Tools – Drills, Sewing Machines, saws, welding machine, tools for nailing or screwing, garden mowers, and so forth.
Medical products - Radiotherapy equipment, dialysis equipment, ventilators, analysers, freezers, and other medical equipment for detecting, monitoring, or treating illness.
Lightening Equipments – Fluorescent lamps, halogen lamps, sodium lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, and the like.
When you donate your electronic waste to become recycled electrical equipment through recycling programs, they are usually dismantled to separate reusable and recyclable parts. Next, hazardous components are separated, and raw materials such as plastic, metal, and ferrous metals segregated. Finally, chemical and mechanical processes are employed to remove precious metals, hazardous chemicals, and raw materials, which can all be re-used, thus saving the depletion of natural resources.