REFURBISHED COMPUTER INDUSTRY: A SOLUTION TO THE PEAKING E-WASTE PROBLEM

Tackling the ever growing problem of e-waste generation, the refurbished computer industry aims at providing each house a capable PC at the best prices and making it sure that there is a low carbon footprint while they do it!

There has been a higher rate of production of computers, laptops and other peripherals in the past half century. This ever increasing rate of manufacture of these goods has led to one of the biggest problems we face as mankind- ‘E-Waste pollution’

E-Waste in simple words are those electronic goods that was discarded because they are not of use anymore. This includes computers, laptops, peripheral accessories, CDs etc. This is all getting discarded at an alarming rate. Some statistics show us that only 12 to 15 percent of e-waste gets recycled in total. The rest just pollutes the earth.

When this problem got out of hand, a solution was devised. One which involves the decimation of unnecessary e-waste, which is “REFURBISHMENT”.

Refurbishment means renewing or updating something to newer specifications and putting them to use. Most of the computers and laptops that are discarded are in a solid state of functioning. Which is implying that they can be re-used when they are given a very specific overhaul in terms of their utility.

The refurbished computer industry in accordance with the strict environmental concern laws, renew and update the laptops or computers that that they wish to sell. There is a pre- set list of procedures they undertake in terms of renewal which ensures a quality product. The refurbished product is as good in terms of computing and usage as a new one.

Most of the times students and parents are concerned and unable to purchase a new laptop or a computer for use at home due to high pricing. We are seeing a change in this trend. The refurbished industry aims to equip every household with a working personal computer irrespective of the budget. Since a refurbished desktop, which has essentially the same functions and power as that of a new one comes at a much lower market value and in turn allows customers with a small budget to be able to buy one.

By purchasing a refurbished computer, you also do your bit in saving the environment by

  • Reducing the carbon footprint we leave when we manufacture a new laptop or computer. This is indeed one of the foremost causes of pollution on earth.
  •  Providing a new lease of life to electronics that can be used as a new one without any hassles, rather than trashing it which will add on to the pollution.

The manufacture of a PC uses up a lot of energy, i.e. manufacturing a computer requires 3 times more energy compared to refurbishing an existing PC. Also, refurbished goods do not require any sort of intensive energy for their production. They are complying with environmental regulations as the waste produced is close to nothing.

Statistics shows us that a desktop uses 70 percent of the energy used in its production to function through its lifetime. This is a shocking revelation since about 250 to 270 kilograms of harmful carbon dioxide gas is emitted while building one new laptop or a computer. All these harmful effects can be avoided easily by just refurbishing them and extending their shelf life.

 

Here we elaborate on the process to refurbish a PC:

1. Sourcing cores: A core is a computer, laptop or desktop and its components that come into the factory to be refurbished.

This is sourced for the process of refurbishment.

2. Sanitization of the core: Once into the assembly line, the core goes through cleaning of the exteriors, removal of stickers and dust. This is done by blowing high-pressure air through the parts.

3. Triage: This is the step where usable cores are segregated from the ones which cannot be used. Post which a complete check-up of the critical components is done to check if anything needs to be replaced.

4. Erasure of data or Data Wipe: Every refurbisher has to mandatorily delete and clean all data from a computer which is going to be refurbished. This involves them using softwares and programs specific to wiping data clean off on the HDD.

5. Replacement, Repairs and Reassembly: This is one of the most crucial steps as the refurbisher makes sure all the parts that are damaged are replaced and the parts that require repairs are attended to and the final set is assembled.

6. Testing and quality control: This step is executed just to make sure that there are no loose components inside and whether the computer is delivering on the optimal computing power and if all the components are functional.

7. Cosmetic repairs: Among the final steps, this ensures that the refurbished personal computer leaving the facility has no dents, scratches, blemishes etc. on them

8. Software installation and Licensing: The refurbished desktop or laptop is installed with an OS and all the other allied programs that are necessary for it to function. After which the programs are licensed for an authentic usage.

9. Packaging: The refurbished device which is as good as new is packed in order to be transported to its new owner.

 

  We at ReNew IT are doing our bit to save our environment, join us in this mission to make our planet cleaner and greener!

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