This is one of the most technologically advanced times in the history of the world. However, new advancements are still being made, changing how we communicate, socialise and live. Technology has made almost everything easier for us. We can communicate with people miles apart, monitor our kids while we are away from home or work and attend meetings from the comfort of our home.
This has made us obsessed with technology. Most people in the world today have the basic, television set in their houses, a laptop and the ever-changing mobile phones. With new advancements discovered often, people are changing their phones and other electrical devices the same way they change clothes.
Now, you can imagine the number of electronic devices that are thrown away daily, to replace them with more advanced and better gadgets. E-waste is any electronic device that has come to the end of its usefulness. If you can plug it into power, or it has circuit boards, then it is most likely e-waste.
Some of the common e-waste items found in most homes include;
- Kitchen equipment; microwaves, stoves and ovens, fridges and freezers, toasters, coffee makers.
- Entertainment equipment; TVs, DVD players, VCRs, MP3 and CD players, video cameras, radios
- Computer parts; keyboards, cables, mice, circuit boards, computer monitors, printers, scanners
- Communication devices; cell phones, answering machines
- Others: flashlights, clocks, lamps, calculators
Although these electronic devices are making our lives easier and better, they are also becoming a threat to our environment. Most of these electronic materials are made of plastic and heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium, which are hazardous when disposed of irresponsibly.
How to deal with household e-waste
With increased technology trends, consumer demand for new products and reduced lifespan of the electronic devices, the rate at which the amount of e-waste generated today from household is growing daily. However, e-waste contains toxic materials that are harmful to human health and the environment. Recycling these electronic devices helps to reduce landfills, minimise the consumption of raw materials that are needed to generate new products, reduce the greenhouse effect and reduce the amount of toxic that sips through the soil into the underground.
2. Give up for donation
Instead of disposing of your electronic waste into a landfill, you can choose to give them up for donation. Contact home for the aged, an orphanage or community centre to find out if they need fridges, stoves, mobile phones or any other electronic gadget that you do not use anymore.
You can also give your mobile phones to friends, relatives or even strangers. Giving up your used electronic devices will not only help you dispose of them but also put a smile on someone’s face.
3. Sell them online
Did you know you can make extra coins from your electronic devices that you do not use anymore? Open a garage sale to sell your electronic goods, or post them online on sites such as craigslist. It is a wonder that whatever you do not need anymore may be an answer to someone else’ prayer.
4. Contact a rubbish removal company
If you do not have someone who helps to dispose of your trash, then contact a rubbish removal company, not only for your e-waste removal and disposal but also for all other kinds of household rubbish. There are many companies that offer this type of service at an affordable price. A simple google search will give you plenty of options. However, remember to check if your preferred company have an environmentally friendly way of disposing of trash.
The rate at which electronic devices are being upgraded is a wonder, and we can never ask people not to replace their gadgets with better-performing ones. However, remember to discard your old gadgets responsibly, making sure they do not end up in a landfill.
If you have e-waste in your house that you do not know how to dispose of, then contact us at Paul’s Rubbish Removal. We are a rubbish removal company with over a decade of experience in removing rubbish and a team of dedicated people who are passionate about keeping our environment clean.
Call us today at 0407 125 125 to get a free quote.