We are living in a digital world that has brought technology in almost every aspect of our lives. From the smartphones that we have to the computers and tablets we use while at work, to the wearables, and the many other electronic pieces of equipment we have in our houses, technology is around us—and so is e-waste.
Although technology is a beauty, that has made our lives easier and more comfortable, the amount of electronic waste generated continues to grow.
With the number of electronic users growing daily, and technology getting updated often, the amount of e-waste is projected to continue growing at a very high rate. So, how should we deal with e-waste?
Below are reasons why you should never throw e-waste in the garbage bin;
1. Ends up in a landfill
According to statistics, e-waste is among the most common type of waste filling landfills. Landfills are not aesthetically pleasing, they occupy space that could be used for other important purposes, and they can be a source of health hazard issues to the environment. Putting your e-waste in the garbage bin increases the chances of that electronic item landing in a landfill.
2. They are made up of special metals
Most of the electronic items that we use are made up of precious metals that are estimated to be of more value than the ores dug from the earth. Regrettably, when you put your old or unused electronic items in the garbage bin, chances of those metals being recovered for recycling and reuse are lowered. As a result, a good amount of these special metals are lost.
Proper disposal of e-waste increases the percentage of metals recycled and reused to create new electronic devices from outdated ones.
3. Reduce the levels of the greenhouse effect
Recycling e-waste means less energy to produce new devices which can lead to reduced levels of the greenhouse effect. Electronic devices are made from materials that are extracted from the earth’s surface, and a lot of energy is used in the process of manufacturing them.
However, if we excavate the ground less often, then we will save the world getting destroyed. To make sure your e-waste lands in the right hands for recycling, then do not put them in the garbage bin, rather give them to a company that specialises in recycling and reusing.
4. E-waste contains poisonous materials
Many electronic devices contain chromium, cadmium, lead, mercury and other heavy metals that can harm the environment. Most people believe throwing away small portions of e-waste has no effect on the environment, but, the toxins emitted from improperly disposed e-waste can contaminate the water, soil and air, causing serious health issues.
These toxins can cause reproductive disorders, different types of cancer, endocrine disturbances and many other types of diseases.
To avoid exposing people to these dangers, it is advisable to never put any type of electronic device in your garbage bin.
5. Increases cases of data security and reduce identity theft
A lot of e-waste is made up of devices that are outdated, yet are still functioning. In a rush to replace these outdated devices with faster and better devices, people forget to clear out their data. Putting your e-waste in a garbage bin increases the chances of having your data infringed or identity is stolen. Before disposing of your e-waste, make sure you clear all your personal information and most importantly, dispose of it responsibly.
Apart from tossing your e-waste in a garbage bin, there are many other ways that you can dispose of your e-waste responsibly. They include;
- Contacting a local rubbish removal company
- Donating electronic devices for charity
- Giving your unwanted devices to family members or friends who really need them
- Trading them off online
The number of people acquiring new technology continues to grow daily. As a result, the amount of e-waste continues to grow as well. To help save our world from the greenhouse effect and self-destruction, each one of us should have a plan for our old and outdated electrical devices.
To help you deal with your e-waste, contact us at Paul’s Rubbish Removal Company. With over a decade of experience, we will help you to responsibly dispose of your e-waste. Call us today for more information on our services at 0407 125 125.