Blue Planet acquires a sustainable solution to tackle Asia’s growing e-waste problem

Blue Planet acquires a sustainable solution to tackle Asia’s growing e-waste problem

August 1, 2019
Marcia González

Blue Planet announces strategic acquisition to achieve their end-to-end waste management vision in Asia

Blue Planet Environmental Solutions, a Singapore-headquartered integrated waste management company, has recently announced the acquisition of UK e-waste technology company, Smart Creative Technologies, which has been established in the UK for almost a decade.

As a result, Blue Planet has now expanded its technological capability and will be able to provide a sustainable solution to handle e-waste, which is currently the fastest-growing waste stream in the world. “E-waste is increasingly becoming a challenge and an opportunity in the region,” confirmed Prashant Singh, CEO of Blue Planet. “Policymakers, industry leaders and consumers are paying more attention to the current low rates of recycling in Asia. They are looking for safe and sustainable processing technologies to ensure high resource recovery and safety for all those engaged.”

Asia’s growing economies currently generate 40% of e-waste in the world — and only 15% of the region’s e-waste is collected and recycled. “E-waste in the region is commonly handled by informal workers without the necessary health, safety and environmental precautions and this has had profound impacts on their quality of life,” Singh added. “This is true especially for countries such as India and Bangladesh, where a network of informal workers and waste pickers — including women and children — collect, dismantle and recycle e-waste under miserable and unsafe work conditions.”

Beyond social and environmental benefits, proper e-waste recycling solutions are important because they enable a high rate of material recovery, which reduces the demand for further mining of heavy metals — a highly environmentally-damaging process — and therefore decreases carbon emissions caused by manufacturing using virgin materials.

With the aim to recover high-value materials from electronic waste components, Liverpool-headquartered Smart Creative has developed a proprietary, innovative method to extract resources that have traditionally been lost in inefficient, inherently toxic and outdated processing methods. “In Asia, there are many unsafe and unethical recycling techniques and mining practices that have a significant negative impact on society. Smart Creative has developed an ultra-safe, clean, ethical and environmental solution which recovers 99% of all materials. This is achieved using non-hazardous chemicals which gives higher yield and returns compared to traditional technologies,” explained Jonathan Quinn, founder of Smart Creative.

The company offers a technology that involves a clean chemical recovery process and increases throughput and yield by using ultrasound to reduce the processing time considerably. With the use of ultrasonic agitation, the technology speeds up recovery period by up to 20 times. The method can treat waste in less than 30 minutes while recovering higher quantities of precious metals such as gold and palladium as well as other metals such as tin and aluminium.

Furthermore, the company’s recovery system for silver and lead — from discarded e-waste such as printed circuit boards and cathode-ray tubes — provide a local, sustainable alternative to treating e-waste that eliminates the need and high cost of exporting e-waste.

The technology lowers energy consumption by up to 80% compared to traditional methods like smelting. It enables the increased conservation of natural resources by extracting significantly higher levels of materials without risk to humans and the planet.

E-Waste World Conference & Expo will take place from Thursday 14 November to Friday 15 November at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Germany. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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