I recently came across an article that reported that in the year 2016, globally, “we” threw away 44.7 million metric tons (Mt) of e-waste and only 20% was recycled through appropriate channels (https://goo.gl/QWgmBq). This is equivalent to the size of 9 Great Pyramids or 4,500 Eiffel Towers!!! That is HUGE and makes me so frustrated for us and our planet!
Last week, I had a friend call me who had some food delivered to her home in a polystyrene cooler. She asked me, what do I do with this thing? Since she knew not to just throw it away.
I reached out to our local waste management, who actually advised us to throw it in the trash! I have also reached out to the company that sold her the food. Unfortunately, one week later, we STILL haven’t found a solution, but stay tuned... I will get to the end of this.
I have a point to these 2 examples, and it is that there is a huge need for recycling. Unfortunately, I know, I’m preaching to the choir! Most of our RL Magazine readers, who are involved in the Reverse Logistics industry are aware of the need to recycle and the need to take care of e-waste... but it is also our responsibility, as an industry, to make sure that our businesses are doing what they can to be sustainable as well. I really can’t wait to get to the bottom of the polystyrene problem, and possibly find a new client for one of our 3PSP members!
These are just a few parts of what Reverse Logistics covers. At our upcoming RLA Conf & Expo in Las Vegas (Feb 6-8) our theme is Circular Economy, so with reverse logistics, we’ll be hearing information on the need to make our products, and packaging to fit into a regenerative system. We hope to see you there, and know you’ll walk away with more knowledge to help your business.
RL Magazine Editor