Essays on EcoATM and Management of E-waste Coursework

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The paper "EcoATM and Management of E-waste " is an outstanding example of management coursework.   There has been an increase in concerns on our impact on the environment due to our lifestyles. This has led to calls for a more sustainable approach to our consumption habits especially in the electronics industry (Babu, Parande & Basha, 2007). The short lifecycles and rapid developing technology have led to an increase in e-waste. Most of the e-waste ends up in landfills which harm the environment. This has led to the development of e-waste recycling. An ecoATM kiosk is one of the initiatives which are meant to accept old mobile devices and recycle or give them a second life hence saving the environment (ecoATM, 2017).

Through ecoATM, it has been possible for consumers to securely recycle electronic devices in a safe and reliable manner (Hiskes, 2011). This essay offers an empirical approach to contemporary issues on ecology and sustainability. The essay focuses on ecoATM as an innovation that has been developed to tackle an environmental concern. This will include a detailed description of the organisation and use ecoATM to address e-waste as an environmental issue.

Lastly, it will provide critical analysis of its ecological implications using theories and including relevant information from the press. A detailed description of ecoATM and management of e-waste Most people replace mobile phones after an average of 22 months. The old devices are in most cases kept in drawers or end up in landfills (Tanskanen, 2012). ecoATM is the world first automated kiosk which buys used electronics from the consumers directly. According to their website, ecoATM has been able to recycle more than 4 million mobile devices over the years and the number is increasing.

The ecoATM kiosk utilises a worldwide auction where consumers are offered competitive prices for their old mobile devices. The very old mobile devices are safely and responsibly recycled using appropriate technology. This is through partnering with R2 certified e-waste management facilities to ensure responsible recycling and reusing. ecoATM is a product from Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR). The company collaborates with national, state and local law enforcement authorities to ensure that there is no mobile phone theft. This ensures that the products brought in for recycling are not from theft (Hiskes, 2011).

The firm has gained certification on electronic recycling based on Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification. The firm has also received the ISO27001 certification to ensure that there is personal data security. Outwell has over 20 years’ experience and has locations in Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Ireland and the United Kingdom (ecoATM, 2017). The rapid changing technology has led to an increase in e-waste. At the moment, the level of e-waste is estimated to be 3 times that of the municipal waste (Widmer et al. , 2005).

Despite their importance in communicating, mobile phones can have a huge impact on the environment. This is due to the hazardous materials that are used in the manufacture of mobile phones. A mobile phone has hazardous materials which include cadmium and lead. Recycling mobile phones makes it possible to avoid hazardous materials to leak into the environment and also saves resources. If mobile phones are not disposed of properly, they have a high possibility of creating a toxic landfill.

This can leach to the soil and groundwater leading to serious environmental and human impacts. The ecoATM approach to this problem is aimed at preserving the environment and ensuring that all materials on a mobile phone are recovered safely (ecoATM, 2017). Despite containing harmful components, mobile phones contain valuable minerals such as copper, gold and silver which can be retrieved and reused. This helps in preserving and protecting mining resources. The firm aims at raising awareness of recycling of old and unused mobile phones. Most of the old and unused mobile phones are stored at homes increasing the potential of recycling (Tanskanen, 2013).

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