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5G, IoT, and the E-Waste Crisis

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Systems Help Recycle Obsolete Electronics

5G technology, which claims to deliver data 100 times faster than 4G, promises lightning-fast downloads, low latency, and more capacity: all of which enable emerging technologies across both consumer and industrial IoT. As 5G wireless networks transform data delivery rates, there will be an unintended consequence, a tidal wave of e-waste as billions of 4G-enabled devices such as smartphones, modems, and computers are forced into obsolescence.

The Product Stewardship Institute notes that less than 20% of global e-waste is recycled, leaving 80% to either be incinerated or disposed of in landfills [3]. On a global scale, how will we handle this massive amount of electronic waste? Are

advances in recycling technologies like LIBS part of the answer?

Human and Environmental Impacts of E-Waste