More than half of companies and government agencies in Sweden scrap their computers, mobiles and other IT equipment when they buy new products, despite the fact that the products could be reused and be of benefit for many more years to come. This is shown by a TNS Sifo survey commissioned by Inrego of IT managers at 200 companies and government agencies.
In Sweden alone the number of computers scrapped and recycled daily would be taller than the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, if they were placed one on top of the other. This is a huge waste.
All IT products are ultimately scrapped whereupon the raw materials and equipment should be disposed of or recycled. However doing this prematurely is completely unnecessary and goes against the waste hierarchy that the EU and Sweden have committed to following.
Working towards a circular economy
In order to meet our climate targets, all of society and the business world have started to convert from the current linear economy to a circular economy. In brief this is about taking advantage of resources, materials and products for as long as possible in different forms. It is about minimising and preferably eliminating waste and recycling from happening at all and trying to emulate nature's own cycle. As we know, there is no waste at all in nature.
Reusing therefore plays a central role in the future economy. This particularly applies to IT and electronics because they consume a lot of resources when they are produced.