Circular Economy

Circular Economy

December 9, 2022 UER Team No Comments

What is a Circular Economy?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a circular economy as “an economy that uses a systems-focused approach and involves industrial processes and economic activities that are restorative or regenerative by design, enables resources used in such processes and activities to maintain their highest value for as long as possible, and aim for the elimination of waste through the superior design of materials, products, and systems.” In other words circular economy is a system that “reduces, reuses, and recycles” as opposed to linear economy where the three main principals are “take, make, and waste” as shown in the above picture.

Why is it important?

With the circular economy, we can drive the optimization of resources, reduce consumption of raw materials, and recover waste by recycling or giving it a second life as a new product. Following the three main principals of the circular economy system cuts down greenhouse emissions, waste, and pollution.

What is UER doing to promote a circular economy?

Electronic waste has a damaging impact on our environment and that’s why we take responsibility for properly disposing of each piece of electronic equipment that goes through our facility. Older outdated electronics are sent to our tear down department were commodities such as steel, metal, aluminum, and copper are generated. Reusing components greatly diminishes the time and energy required to turn out a single unit during the manufacturing process.

•In 2021, United Electronic Recycling diverted 8,067,504 pounds of obsolete electronics from going into landfills.

•United Electronic Recycling partners with municipalities and community groups such as homeowners’ association to facilitate community recycling.

• We offer refurbished electronics that go through extensive testing and data security processes to ensure safety and satisfaction.

What other organizations are doing circular economy work.

•Mobile Shred It

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