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The success of an e-waste business largely depends on the availability of adequate amount of e waste for processing. The e-waste entrepreneur or investor could tap e-waste from the following three major sources:

The Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive puts the responsibility of e-waste on the manufacturer for the safe disposal of e waste materials and most brands also offer buy-back of old products in fixed price, or offer facility for customers to drop their waste free. Such drops off services are offered by major retail stores for their customers. The e-waste entrepreneur could approach such manufacturers and stores which offer to recycle the collected e-waste.

Offices and commercial establishments have huge amount of discarded computer accessories and peripherals constitute a major source of e-waste. The e-waste entrepreneur could reach out to the people, industries and organizations for recycling of such e-waste.

A good data-security tool is used to get rid of files and personal information such as passwords from discarded gadgets such as hard drives that is both an essential tool of the trade and a method to persuade business houses to entrust e-waste.

Individuals or end-use consumers have the potential to contribute e-waste recycling in a big way. Most customers are however either unaware of the risk associated with the end-of-life electronic equipment such as televisions and computers with common household garbage. People don’t know what to do with unused electrical and electronic gadgets. The e-waste entrepreneur will reach out to end users directly through clubs and raise awareness. Since those sources don’t pay for the recycling effort, the entrepreneur would look for collecting high value e-waste that fetches maximum revenue when recycled.