Summer Care Routine for Electronics

Middle East is known for its scorching heat in the peak summer months. There is over 13 hours of direct sunlight and the mercury soars even higher than 45C. But we all have adjusted to the climate and don’t let it affect our daily life. But have we done the same for all the electronics we are surrounded with? May be not. So today, let us look at a few things we should be doing to maintain a good summer care routine for our devices.

  • No direct Sunlight

Even though you have bought a GCC model of the phone, the maximum temperature most mobile phones can bear is 45C. Avoid using electronics keeping in direct sunlight. When keeping them in car, place in shaded area like cup holder or glove box. Also, never leave your electronics in a parked car. Inside temperature of the parked car rises as it is closed and can damage the electronics.

  • Do not stack

When you reach home, you keep laptop on the table, remove earphones and place them on the laptop, if you have 2 phones then keep them stacked on one another either besides or on top of the laptop. You then sit in front of the AC to cool-off. But while you are cooling yourself, the electronics are heating up due to trapping of heat because we just kept them stacked. There needs to be 2 to 3 cm gap between 2 devices. This helps maintain airflow and avoid unnecessary heating up. Most electronics have vent at the back of the device. When placing them anywhere, the vent should not be covered. Also there Hence, maintain breathing space for electronic devices.

  • Cover well

We carry our devices everywhere. Be it a pool, beach, or a stroll in the park. If they are not covered in a case, water splashes, can splash while swimming on Sand, water, dust find their way to the internal hardware of the device through speakers, earphone jack and so on

  • Be mindful of device charging

When the battery is charging, the device heats up. If we have kept it on the cushion or in a closed set up, the heat increases which can reduce the battery life. Hence always charge your devices in a well-ventilated area, on a cooler surface which will help control the temperature and will lengthen the life of electronics.

  • Shut down

If after taking all the necessary care also device heats up and is misbehaving or malfunctioning due to overheating…Just shut it down! Let the device cool down, resolve the problem on its own and then you can restart it for use.

We hope these tips will help you take good care of your electronics this summer. Follow these to avoid any electronics fires and related accidents.

5 Global E waste Statistics

We threw away a lot of money by dumping the E waste last year. Do you want to know how much money? Let us tell you the exact figures.

  • 53.6 Million ton of E waste was generated just in the year of 2019 by us all.

Asia generated the highest quantity of E waste, and to add to that, United Arab Emirates was one of the higher E waste generator countries in the continent. But that is no surprise. Our better economy is leading to a higher living standard which encourages additional use of electrical and electronic equipment. So much so, that they have now become indispensable to our lifestyle. There is nothing wrong in the excess usage of electronics, but once they are out of use, we need to dispose them off the right way.

  • Only 17.4% of the total E waste generated was recycled, leaving 44.3 Million ton of the E Waste unattended to harm the environment.

Since most e waste isn’t documented well, we can assume that it got mixed with other waste streams such as plastic or metal waste. Even though those streams may have been recycled, recovery of all valuable material isn’t possible through those. Hence it is not a preferred recycling for E Waste.

  • Approximately 47 Billion USD worth Iron, Copper, Gold was wasted in the non-recycled Electronic waste

E waste is an urban mine. We can extract the ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals from the electronics and reuse them in the manufacturing. But instead, we are throwing those and extracting new from the ores emptying natural resources. If we reuse the metals from E waste recycling it will positively impact the global economy as well as the planet.

  • 98 Million Ton of CO2 equivalent was released in the atmosphere from the poorly managed E Waste

Temperature exchange equipment such as refrigerators, Air conditioners may contain greenhouse gases. Since those were not handled properly, it has contributed to global warming with massive amount of CO2 equivalents releasing in the environment. If we handle the electronics in an environmentally sound manner, we can also control global warming to a certain level.

  • By 2030 we will generate double the amount of E Waste

If we do not learn to recycle now, we are going to be in a BIG trouble by 2030. The estimated E waste generation per person is going to be 9 Kgs per year. Hence the total amount of E waste generation in 2030 will be double than what we generated in 2014. We are doubling the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in just 16 year but recycling rate is not increasing in the needed pace. So now we need to be more responsible and recycle as much E waste as we can to be able to provide a better environment to our kids and future generations.

We hope that these statistics will give you a better understating of how gigantic this E Waste problem is. We are doing our bit by recycling the e waste in Dubai Municipality approved and environmentally sound manner. But you need to do your bit of handing over the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment to us for certified recycling and not throwing them in the waste bins or giving to the informal or non-approved recyclers.

Madenat Al Nokhba Recycling Services LLC, P.O Box 128940, Plot no. 597 4240, Dubai Investment Park 2, Dubai – UAE.
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