Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a growing problem in all countries as broken or obsolete computers, smartphones and other electronic equipment take up a large portion of the precious landfill space. E-waste is always increasing and with the surge, there is a need for effective recycling programs. A study that the World Economic Forum conducted in January 2019 showed that E-waste is the fastest-growing type of waste on the globe and it amounted to 48.5 million tonnes in the year 2018.
They also leak dangerous chemicals into the environment. Companies that produce fax machines, copiers, printers and computers work hard to come up with new models each year. As a result, people have to opt for new ones because of the improved features.
So, what should you do with the old equipment you cannot continue using?
Perhaps, you do not know whether you should choose to recycle or dispose of. The option you take will highly depend on the type of e-waste you want to get rid of. For example, if your old iPhone is still functioning but you do not want to continue using it, you can opt for recycling. You can choose to reuse your mobile phone instead of buying a new one.
On the other hand, you can choose e-waste disposal if your goal is to dispose of the old electronic device.
Give the e-waste to certified electronic waste recyclers
One positive aspect of electronic waste recycling is that people have several recycling options. Start by finding the Basel Action Network (BAN) certified electronic waste recyclers. BAN controls the recycling companies dedicated to recycling electronic waste in a responsible and safe way. Members of BAN make a pledge and show their Pledges of Responsible Recycling.
So, when working with the certified recyclers you will not have to worry about polluting other nations or risking the loss of your personal information to criminals. But before sending your electronic waste for recycling, you can try other options.
For example, upgrade your computer system instead of replacing it. Format the information on the computer before discarding and take out all the batteries from the gadgets before you get rid of them.
Sell off the out-dated technology
You might see the equipment in your office as junk but other people might see it as a treasure. Therefore, you can get rid of your old electronics by selling them to individuals who need them. Start by checking sites like eBay, craigslist or organize garage sales, as that will help you get rid of the outdated electronics and earn you money.
For instance, Nintendo video games can sell for $40 per piece. Most electronic shops will accept them. Contact us to help you come up with a good e-waste management program.
Donate the old outdated technology
If your old unit is still working but the new models have eclipsed it, then you can donate it to a person or an institution that can put it to good use. By keeping the unit alive, you will prevent the manufacture of a new one and therefore, even if it is slightly, reduce the carbon footprint of your organisation’s operations.
Unfortunately, not every charity will accept your old equipment and you do not want to spend your time calling around to identify the ones that do. The best thing to do is to approach third party organisations across the country. They will accept your equipment and take them to institutions that help the illiterate, disabled, homeless and individuals on welfare by offering placement programs and job training.
Alternatively, you can donate old equipment to needy schools through institutions that help teachers find free equipment and supplies for their classes.
Some websites like GreatNonprofits.org maintain lists of charities that need office equipment. You can offload the equipment through social media groups with members who need unwanted office stuff.
Give back to the electronic companies and the local drop off points
Many electronic companies have exchange policies where they take back any old gadget after the user buys the latest version. Sometimes, they will also offer discounts on new purchases. The number of companies establishing electronic drop off points for products like tablets, cell phones is increasing. They take the old items for recycling but before dropping yours, ask your electronic shop whether they will accept it.
Visit the civic institutions
Enquire amongst the universities, government and schools for recycling programs they might be running. Most organizations are now assigning some days and places for environmentally conscious people to drop off their electronic waste.
Electronics are a vital part of our lives but on the downside, electronic waste can be detrimental to the environment. We at Paul’s Rubbish Removal work hard to help you sort the waste you can send to the landfills and the one you can send for recycling or donation.
If you have any e-waste you would want to get rid of but you do not know where to start, call us (0407 125 125) today for a free quote. Our team is always ready to handle all projects no matter the size.