As technology advances more rapidly, so does the waste it leaves behind. Gone are the days of large white computers; they are now replaced by slim and sleek desktop setups or easy to carry laptops. CDs, DVDs, VHS, cassette tapes, and even the radio itself are now all obsolete – all the movies, music videos, TV shows, and songs you like can be accessed on the internet. Companies develop new products nearly every year to get consumers buying new models more often than they need to.
While these developments help make people’s lives a thousand times easier, the electronic waste produced as a result may end up causing more harm than good. But with a little discipline and creativity plus a whole lot of love for the environment, households and companies alike can learn and apply proper and sustainable e–waste disposal. In this article, learn about electronic waste and how it can best be taken care of.
What exactly is Electronic Waste?
Electronic waste or e-waste is an umbrella term for any electrical or electronic device or equipment that is near or past its end of life. Examples are:
- Home appliances or white appliances such as microwaves, oven toasters, refrigerators, air conditioners, and fans
- Communication devices such as smartphones, computers, laptops, and other pieces of hardware
- Entertainment devices such as DVDs and CDs and their players, television sets, speakers, and video games
- Other electronic items such as remote controls, electrical wires, and chargers
- Office equipment such as printers, copiers, computers, IT hardware such as servers
What happens when Electronic Waste is Disposed of Irresponsibly?
The last thing anyone needs is for their e-waste to end up in a landfill. Electronic waste contains hazardous materials that pollutes land and water and are also extremely harmful to human health. In Australia alone, millions of electronic waste get thrown out every year. To prevent these from ending up in a landfill, the Australian government responded by putting together the National Television and Computer Recycling scheme which provides businesses as well as residents easy access to e–waste disposal and recycling services.
The Best Ways to Dispose of Electronic Waste
When you believe it is finally time to dispose of your electronic waste, there are three best options for you: reuse, refurbish and recycle.
If you don’t want to use it anymore, have someone else do the reusing. If your mind is set on buying new, don’t throw away those items just yet. Consider selling, donating, or giving them away. You can sell or give it away at a portion of its original price.
You can also break it apart and sell its working parts. Most of the time, only a few damaged parts cause an equipment’s dysfunction, but throwing the whole thing away would mean ignoring the value of the parts that would still function.
A technique called remarketing can also take those items out of your hands. An e-waste remarketing service provider will first identify how best to advertise your equipment; if they see it still has a resale value, they will purchase it from you and sell it after. The best ones also offer data wipe services to ensure your sensitive information does not fall in your reuser’s hands.
Refurbish simply means having your items repaired. It would be helpful to think about how you can extend the longevity of your electronic devices or appliances first. Exhaust all possible ways: avail of repairs or replace parts. After that, you can use it again or sell the newly repaired item. This will also encourage you to get more serious about electronics even at the buying stage. Consider quality and length of use, especially if you’re buying in bulk.
When reusing is not an option anymore, just make sure your electronic waste ends up in a recycling facility and not in a landfill. There are many advantages to recycling. As mentioned above, e-waste contains hazardous materials (lead, mercury, cadmium to name a few) that can contaminate the environment.
But aside from that, e-waste can also contain valuable materials like tin, nickel, copper, aluminum, and plastic which can be used to create other new products. This process supports a bright environmental solution called the “circular economy.” In a circular economy, nothing goes to waste: using the right tools and techniques, anything can be broken apart to create something new.
Recycling is incredibly convenient as well. Just call up your e-waste recycling services provider and they will do all the heavy lifting (also literally) of e-waste recycling so you don’t have to.
Have Eco IT Solutions take care of your E-waste Disposal
At Eco IT Solutions, we are committed to doing what’s right for the environment. Our services make it easy for you and your IT company to do the same. From secure data destruction and decommissioning to e-waste recycling, we’ve got you covered. Let us know how we can be of help. Call us at 02 8055 3775 or email us at email@example.com. You may also leave us a message via our online enquiry form.