Technology is becoming more and more integrated into every aspect of our lives. Semiconductors and sensors are being added to products that never before had them, creating wearable monitors, smart homes, TVs that can stream programming from the internet, and much more.
Meanwhile, the life span of devices is getting shorter—many products will be thrown away once their batteries die, to be replaced with new devices. Companies intentionally plan the obsolescence of their goods by updating the design or software and discontinuing support for older models, so that now it is usually cheaper and easier to buy a new product than to repair an old one. Meanwhile, the companies continue to profit from steady sales. And because prices are dropping, electronic devices are in demand around the world as a growing middle class goes digital. Globally, half of all households now have internet access, and 7.7 billion people have cell phones.
A change is mindset is important and here are 2 things we can do to control the e-waste problem:

RECYCLE 

In 2016, the estimated value of recoverable materials in global e-waste was $64.6 billion, but only 20 percent of it was properly recycled to enable recovery of the valuable materials. Much of the rest is dumped in landfills where toxic chemicals can leach from the e-waste and end up contaminating the water supply. In Mauritius, you can contact the following companies who will be helping you:


* B.E.M. ENTERPRISES Ltd
> La Chaumière, Saint Martin
– Tél. : 218-1920
– Email : contact@bemrecycling.com

* GREEN IMPACT
> Région Nord 
– Tél. : 59442590
– Email : gregorykoenig5@gmail.com

* GREEN Ltd
> Plaine Lauzun
– Tél. : 208 6155
– Email : rajeev.greenltd@intnet.mu | valerie.greenltd@intnet.mu

* VIREDO Ltd. (uniquement ordinateurs, écrans plats et laptops avec ou sans power supply)
> St-Pierre, Moka
– Tél. (Martin) : 59820162
– Email : hello@viredo.io

2. REUSE
In addition to recycling, it’s also important to be able to repair and reuse the devices we have. To sell your secondhand products you can turn to weshare.mu or numerik.mu. More than 300 000 monthly users are online and ready to make the next best deal. Give it a try!

Sources: actogether.mu /blogs.ei.columbia.edu