EPS News, Published October 12, 2022, Emily Newton
Electronics waste — more commonly known as e-waste — is becoming a progressively bigger problem in today’s society. Many consumers want to get the latest and greatest gadgets as soon as they become available. That’s good news for electronics manufacturers, but it means purchasers often discard older products before getting new ones.
Manufacturers are also increasingly committing to environmental, social and governance (ESG) programs. Top-tier electronics OEMs have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint and emphasize sustainability, and minimizing waste is a key element to both.
Electronics manufacturers can significantly reduce e-waste by reusing electronics and prioritizing recycled materials when possible to improve their supply chain. Here are some specific strategies and emerging options.