What happens to E-waste in Singapore?

The world is hungry for more electronic devices to satisfy its needs for connectivity and digitalization. This means more and more resources are needed to be mined for the manufacturing of this electronic equipment. However, it does not need to be this way. Recycling old devices can produce the precious resources needed, which otherwise needed to be dug from the ground and emitted its related carbons.

Ever wondered what happens to your device when you recycle them?

Collection Logistiscs

Whether you deposit your e-waste into an e-waste bin or directly engage a collection service from an e-waste recycling company, dedicated logistics operations will be deployed to bring your e-waste to a centralized facility for processing.


The process starts out with a product type sorting process. This means that the mixed e-waste that was collected from the receptacles is sorted into product types such as laptops, mobile phones, portable batteries, monitor screens, cables, etc.

Data Sanitization

E-waste such as laptops, desktops, servers, mobile phones, and tablets, usually have hard drives that contain users’ data. Responsible recyclers will then perform data sanitization on them before further processing. If you would like to have certificate proof or have the service performed on-site in front of you, you can contact recyclers like KGS for such services.

Inspection and Testing

The sorted e-waste products will go through an inspection and testing process to check if the item is still in working conditions and what are the faults.  

Repair and Refurbish

After testing, those that are deemed good enough will be sent for repairs and refurbishment. Then, the clean and functioning products will be given an extended life in the second-hand market.


Items that did not pass the testing phase will be marked for de-manufacturing. As the name suggests, it is the reverse process of manufacturing. Items will be dismantled and harvested for working parts. The remaining parts will be sorted into materials such as plastics, metal, glass, and PCB.


Sorted materials are then sent to material recyclers for processing into raw materials again for manufacturing into other products.

If you need assistance with your e-waste, feel free to contact us at KGS at enquiry@kgs.com.sg or contact us page and our friendly staff will advise and assist you every step of the way ensuring proper handling and great service.