How can a company use bugs to reduce electronic waste?

With over 20 years of experience, N2S promotes a circular IT environment where unwanted IT assets are re-used where possible. The company is working in collaboration with Coventry University to provide innovative solutions for the retrieval of precious metals found in electronic waste.

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Electronic waste – or ‘e-waste’ – refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment, and its parts, that have been discarded by its owner as waste, without the intent of reuse. Environment Agency figures show that for the first nine months of 2018, 378,200 tonnes of household WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) were collected, with large household appliances such as fridges and washing machines the most commonly collected items, at 128,559 tonnes.


N2S believes that it is the responsibility of all ethical organisations to ensure e-waste is disposed of in a secure and environmentally friendly manner. Indeed, they argue it is equally important for organisations to support the circular economy by recycling and reusing materials wherever possible. N2S is a leader in environmental and ethical recycling, with 100% of all products being turned into resources rather than waste, and with 0% going to landfill.


Electronics contain large quantities of precious metals, however, such metals are difficult to extract. The organisation is working in partnership with the biomedical sciences department of Coventry University, to apply microbiological techniques to remove precious metals from electronic waste. N2S is the first company in the UK to extract precious metals using this revolutionary technique.

This story shows how N2S supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.5: “By 2030, achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.”

About N2S

N2S is a professional and project services company. It specialises in optimising forward and reverse supply chain services for businesses and government sectors. Built upon maximising the value of IT assets, combined with sustainable IT objectives, N2S offers a full suite of services designed to provide optimal and secure acquisition, utilisation, and disposal outcomes for clients, manufacturers, and re-use markets.

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