Waste is still a serious problem in almost every country, from plastic, paper, to electronic waste. Various efforts have been made to reduce the high number of wastes, but the results are still not optimal. The solution to the waste problem is still being reviewed.
In Indonesia itself, public interest in buying electronic products is quite high. So that Indonesia becomes the country with the largest electronic consumption in the world. This actually causes electronic waste or e-waste high enough. Well, it turns out that the waste that comes from used electronic goods can be a lucrative business. How come? In order not to be curious, see the following reviews.
Electronic waste can be harmful to the environment
Most people will usually immediately throw away electronic equipment when it is damaged. They prefer to buy new electronic equipment, rather than repair the damaged ones. Even though the used electronics can still be used and have high value.
This behavior will indirectly pollute the environment around us. Especially if the electronic waste is not handled properly, because the electronic waste contains hazardous and toxic materials (B3). Starting from mercury, lead, lithium, cadnium, and manganese.
Turn e-waste into gold
You need to know, the electronic waste actually has the potential to produce high metal resources. For example, waste used cell phones weighing 15-30 kilograms, can produce a gold ring weighing about 2 grams.
A study was conducted by a Japanese company, Yokohama Metal Co Ltd, that one ton of used cell phones can produce 150 grams of gold, 100 kg of copper, 3 kg of silver, and various other metals. In contrast to one tonne of gold mining material, which on average only produces 5 grams of gold.
The content of precious metals in electronic products
Who would have thought, in a series of electronic components, there are precious metals, such as gold, copper, or tin. These metal materials are used to make electronic circuits in cell phones and other electronic devices.
Call it flat screen TVs and computer monitors, there are precious metals such as indium. There are also metals antimony and bismuth, which are also used to make high-tech electronic devices. Then copper and tin also have a high value. All the metal in this electronic device is a very valuable money field.
How to use used electronics
Instead of throwing away electronics that are no longer in use, it’s better for you to give them to an electronic waste collector. In this way, you also help protect the environment from harmful e-waste.
You can collect used electronics to the EwasterRJ community. This community provides a special place for electronic waste. Later, the collected electronic waste will be distributed to waste processing companies, which have been certified and have an operating permit from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (LHK).
Electronic waste can make you rich
Shandra Setiawan is one of the many valuable plate hunters from used electronic components. Shandra takes out the gold from the components, then collects it in a container over hot fire. Valuable metal elements will come out of electronic waste, such as gold, even copper and silver.
Furthermore, the precious metal will be soaked with a chemical solution of netrite. After agglomerating, the metal is sold to gold shops. Shandra himself admits that he only sells it to his customers, in order to get a high market price. Even the rest of the electronic components have been exported to China and Korea.
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Thanks to used electronics collectors, people don’t have to bother throwing away damaged electronic devices. Like a symbiotic mutualism, both provide mutual benefits. On the one hand, e-waste will be reduced. On the other hand, the collectors will also get electronic components more easily.