Between 2010 and 2025, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, the percentage of total e-scrap that is recycled will grow from 18% in 2010 to 54% in 2025. Electronics recycling and reuse will rise from 122 million cubic feet (and 1.1 million tons) per year in 2010 to 789 million cubic feet (and 7.9 million tons) annually by 2025.
“The key players in the consumer electronics product sectors are all large multinational companies that have in one form or another adopted concepts of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability,” says vice president Bob Gohn. “Implementation and deployment vary from company to company, though, and some are more robust in their efforts than others. Progress on the regulatory and standards front will accelerate these efforts.”
Two certification processes, e-Stewards and R2, are now available for processors of electronic scrap that establish sophisticated standards of performance for e-waste processors, and OEMs are beginning to require their contractors to be certified. Moreover, the U.S. Congress has pending legislation that, if passed, would provide support for the Basel Convention Treaty and its Ban Amendment. In addition, the European Union is considering modifications to their WEEE Directive that would close perceived loopholes and increase diversion rates.