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Waste Management and Sustainable Circular Economy

The sustainable development itself, requires research and constant learning to ensure progress towards sustainability.

Thanks to modern waste management and treatment solutions

Contributing to the Circular Economy

Contributing to the Circular Economy

Waste management is the way for the sustainable circular economy

It is widely recognized that, the human species are under extreme pressure, because, they exert tremendous hurdles, and damage to the natural resources and the environment, by the extraction of natural materials to generate wastes. Therefore, circular economy has transpired as a potential explanation to make proper and effective use of resources. There are technology-related concepts, that can create economic gains, while easing pressure on the environment. This is due to the circular economy, which enjoys a positive response by industries, organizations in private, public, and civic sectors, and academia alike. However, more concerns have been brought up concerning certain purported practices of circular economy, which are promoted, and can sustain, yet generating detrimental impacts on the society and the environment. The systems of ecology construed the circular economy and sustainable development context. Their values and principles are the core aspects of sustainable development and they remain as the foundation of the circular economy. Certain actions critically reflect the shortcomings, strengths, and other theoretical flaws within the principles and values evolving he circular economy. The practitioners and academia should articulate the circular economy design, principles, together with their evaluation and implementation of a sustainable circular economy.

The Circular economy relies on establishing a waste recycling process from numerous industrial discarded materials. It becomes necessary to understand and identify the effectiveness of measurable objectives of waste management and sustainable circular economy.

As we know, the Circular Economy, so to say, the Reuse, Recycle, is the future movement, and this tendency regenerates innovative planning and designs strategies to restore the new trend, while restricting their negative impacts. By generating a robust substantive foundation linked with renewable energy transitional and transformational sources, these methods can help shape social and natural movements to sustain economic capital. When the electrical components break down, and turn useless, the time comes to simply throw or discard them as trash. Thereafter, replace those discarded parts with new ones in the system to make the engine operates. In the prevailing circular economy, the objective and the purpose have entirely changed. Firstly, to manufacture long-lasting components, and when they are old, recondition and reuse them for several new product applications to turn them functional for innumerable cycles.

The main purpose is to:

  1. To form a practical and realistic engineering approach, with better, creative methods of originality.
  2. Incorporate systematic investigation to establish facts, principles and collect information on several recycling divisions of subject knowledge.
  3. To ensure that this circular economy system possesses an intensive study, profound reasoning, critical thinking, and intellectual insight.

The basic objectives of sustainability measures are formed of three balancing pillars, of Economic, Social, and Ecological Effects.

Recycling provides encouraging environmental advantages, by saving electricity, energy, and water. Thereafter, it helps conservation of resources, reducing greenhouse gas. The basic intention, objective and aim of recycling in a right way are to protect our environment, by stopping waste and contaminations, and to decrease the wrong environmental impact. Recycling the right way should be the theme of the campaign while cultivating the new recycling process and it should be taken with a serious note.

In the Circular Economy landscape, E-Waste presents an invisible menace due to hazardous chemicals stored in the electronic products, which generate threat when the casing is broken to reveal the myriad circuit boards and inner mechanical, electronic, chemically filled organs, so valuable, yet so toxic.

Recycling and the Circular economy is the modern trend for environmental safety, avoiding the formation of harmful gas emitted into the atmosphere. Good planning, immaculate design and applying various principles of the circular economy lead to the effectiveness of recycling.

The Dangers of Electronic Waste

Old and damaged mechanical, electrical and electronic products can be conveniently recycled into several new products. This huge move we can make for the safety in compliance with the needs of our planet and the environment, to help protect animals, plants, and people, and safely preserve our earth!

Existing E-Waste Scenario

Specifically, in the West-Africa, it has become a dumping ground and the final destination for disposing of e-waste from different parts of the world. This is because, the Eastern and Southern African regions have not taken adequate measures to stop dumping of e-waste. Hence, it has generated Illegal importation of electronic and electrical goods from various parts of the world. Ghana and Nigeria have turned out to be the major e-waste dumping source.

In fact, the circular economy is a game changer, and it drives us towards an accurate, resourceful and effective economy with an invitation to perform differently, thinking about in the manner we develop, produce, utilize, and discard. The drive towards a circular economy is a prospective proposal to reinvent, redesign the new business models, optimize and adapt our industrial value and supply chain network to convert waste into better resources.

The illegal dumping of electrical and electronic components and appliances generates an extreme hazard to the environment and human health. Burning refrigerators, blazing TV sets, dumping and polluting river water have become a daily life in Ghana's capital, Accra. Largely, youngsters smolder old refrigerators, foam, rubber tires to scrape together metals and copper from discarded electronic appliances. By doing so, they expose themselves to several dangerous side-effects of the prevailing globalized world to develop air pollution.

Dangers of E-Waste

If we consider PC- Personal Computer, mobile phone, laptop, and such gazette, on the outer look, they do not look dangerous. However, what goes inside these gazettes can cause the maximum harm to people, atmosphere, and environmental surroundings, which is not visibly noticed. Every electronic product contains dangerous heavy and semi-heavy metals, filled with chemical compounds. If they leak, can strain atmosphere with pollution, can cause hazards to the soil. Such materials like copper, lead, barium, mercury, arsenic are used in every electronic product, that is not known to us. When these products are dumped in the landfills, they rupture to expose several dangerous metals, gases, and chemicals to pollute the atmosphere.

Circular Economy

It conveys the precise information, regarding the resources related Green Economy, manufacturing, and sustainability states that the circular economy disassembles the whole product into components, breaks down into subcomponents, handles several parts and materials, processes, repairs, reassembles and packages to be reprocessed and manufactured. Further, the circular economy process repairs and maintains the standards of products, components with reverse trend into the life cycle of the supply chain, so to say, back into the system flow at a specific point. It is done to provide Reusability process, Recyclability applications, Recoverability technique to recycle contents.

This concludes with the short note that, it is a duty of each person to try his best to generate more sustainable and better circular economies, without destabilizing the effects on the environment, economies and societies. They should curtail unsustainable use of resources. If the sustainable growth is fraught with imperfection, its failure can never regain the original environment position.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Shyam Gokarn

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