Dell says it has consumed 50 million pounds of post-consumer plastics, including millions of pounds of resin from recovered electronics.
China’s recent crackdown on imports of e-scrap and other materials has exposed smuggling operations, led to dozens of arrests and resulted in the confiscation of more than 22,000 tons of material.
The majority of certified e-scrap processing facilities are located in the U.S., but for both R2 and e-Stewards, there has recently been a notable uptick in international action.
An app dubbed Mr. WEEE aims to educate the Egyptian public on how to recycle electronics, and customs officials use X-ray machines to check imports into China.
Consumers in China hold onto their old mobile phones for an average of two years after replacing them, and flame retardants in e-plastics show up in recycled products.