Electronic waste keeps building up as we buy new gadgets and appliances to replace the old ones. This means that we need a secure way to dispose of the old electronics so that they do not harm the environment.
Most electronics consist of toxic chemicals such as beryllium, lead, mercury, cadmium or brominated flame retardants. These chemicals can cause havoc if they are not dealt with safely. If we dispose electronic waste through conventional methods, then these chemicals stand a good chance of ending up polluting the air or entering the groundwater or leaching into the rivers and the sea, or contaminating the soil itself. This happens because conventional waste is usually disposed in landfills, a practice that is dangerous for electronic waste.
To prevent this menace, here are a few safe ways of safe electronic waste disposal.
Use an E-waste Recycler
Nowadays, many companies have that deal with the problem of electronic waste have sprung up. They recycle old electronics and appliances and sell them again for a minor profit. This practice is a great way to prevent the build-up of electronic waste as well as reducing the amount we spend on electronics.
Before you take your electronic waste to a recycler, you should remember to delete your old data completely from all electronics such as hard drives, memory chips, computers, mobile phones, and so on. This ensures that your data does not get stolen or fall into the wrong hands. Further, do not dispose your batteries in this way. Batteries need to be separately dealt with, so take out the batteries from your remote, clock, mobile phone, camera, or any other electronic that has a battery.
Sell Electronics That Still Work
If your old electronics are functional, then the best thing to do is to sell them. There is a substantial market for old electronics, and you should have no problem finding customers who are willing to pay a small price for your old electronics. You will be helping those who cannot afford to buy new electronics at retail prices.
There are many websites available through which you can find customers who are willing to take your old items, such as eBay and craigslist.
Donating Your Items
If you’re shy about selling your old electronics or don’t need the money, then an even better solution is to simply donate your old electronics. Remember that you can only donate electronics that are still in working condition. Do not donate electronics that need repair or are broken. Further, delete your personal data from these electronics before donating them.
There are many NGOs who will be glad to take your electronics off your hands. Otherwise, you can personally find individuals and ask them if they need your old television or old laptop. You will be surprised at how many people do.
Use Company Exchange Policies
A lot of companies will give you a discount on their new products in exchange for old ones. Electronic companies are always looking for ways to cut down on their production costs and reusing materials from old gadgets is one of them.
This is a great way to get rid of your old junk since it gives you a financial benefit as well. The discount that you will receive for an old mobile phone that still works is not unsubstantial.
Knowledge is power, and we need every ounce of awareness we can get in these troubling times for the environment. Electronic waste disposal should always be done safely to guard against a plethora of problems. Governments around the world are developing new policies for electronic waste disposal, use the ways described above until then.