Originally posted 2017-03-31 10:27:08.
Some Nigerians due throw away their household electrical appliance immediately fault is detected without the regard to the negative effect of their action, though throwing it away to a dump site may not be bad as compared to throwing it inside water, dogged hole, etc. the important thing is to ensure that any where it is thrown that the recyclers could see them and pit them up for recycling.
The need for recycling in Nigeria is very important to the growth of engineering companies in the country. Many of our household electrical appliances such as refrigerators, air conditions, cd/dvd/vcd sets, televisions, ceiling fan, standing fan, wall fan, microwaves, electric cooker, water boilers, rechargeable lanterns, phones, computers, decoders, and radios, etc. these appliances has a lot of values which some people do not know about. The components used in the making of some of them can be loosed and be transformed to another different use in another product.
The truth is that when these appliances get damaged it is not the whole of it parts that got damaged rather it is the parts that allow the major function of the appliance to occur. And the remaining parts can be used for other purposes, for example a damaged electric cooking stove can have the light indicator on it removed and used for another purpose such public electric power supply indicator, the body made of iron can be recycled to a foundry industry for making of industrial tools. Consider a damaged television, the screen may still be in a good condition which can be used by local manufacturers to create another locally made television with the combination of several other parts of recycled parts of televisions.
Therefore before throwing away any of your damaged electrical appliances think f the following benefits of keeping them for the recyclers to come and pick;
THEY CAN BE REBUILD TO ANOTHER PRODUCTS
Consider the fact that some of the appliances can be converted to other useful products by our local manufacturers mainly located at Onitsha, Aba, Lagos, and other places in the country they have ability to pick out the parts and select the ones that are relevant to the new product they are to form, like in the case of electric cookers if the burners is still good, they can be used to manufacture another cooking stove by simply molding a new body into it and using indicator light from other appliances for it.
THE PARTS ARE PUT TO OTHER USE
The parts that may have actually damaged can still be put to another uses, like repairing and selling of those parts like in the case of computer motherboards, phones panels, fan motors, etc.
PLASTIC AND FOUNDRY INDUSTRIES NEEDS THE PLASTIC AND METALLIC PARTS
This is the most important part, it is always cheaper for the plastic industries to buy the recycled plastics from the suppliers than to buy a flesh raw material for their products, and the recycled plastics needs few processing to be remolded into a new product, therefore for this reason they need the recycled plastics, note that most of the electrical appliance that has to do with heat were made with thermoset a type of plastics that cannot be remolded, hence their recycling may not be for plastic industries rather they go to technicians for future parts replacement. While the foundry industries need the metallic parts of those appliances like bodies of refrigerators, air conditioners, etc. for either pressing or forging work or as a scrap for the molding of new metals.
IT REDUCES IMPORTATION
The whole of these activity will cause a drastic fall in the number of imported electrical appliances since it would help our technicians and local manufactures to grow. The possibility of people patronizing these local parts assembled products more than the imported due to their cheap prices is high. The plastic and metal melting industries could reduce the quantity of raw materials needed from their importers.
IT IS A SOURCE OF INCOME TO THE DEALERS
Many young youths and men between the ages of 25 years to 40 years are recyclers in Nigeria, they earn their daily living from it. They mostly achieve their target of gathering large quantiles of the appliances by using either wheelbarrow or two wheel truck to move along the streets and dump sites in search of these appliances until a substantial quantities of them has ben obtained.
IT REDUCES ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
Plastics are non-biodegradable materials, therefore when you do not recycle them; they would remain like that either beneath the soil or within the environment and burning them is not also safe, therefore recycling them is just the best option to avert the environmental pollutions that do follow their inability to dissolve in the soil or water. Throwing of metallic material inside water can cause the water to start having additions of iron ions into it which could alter the chemical composition of the water over a long period of time.