Most of us are fond of buying trendy and popular gadgets to impress our peers or those around us, but we hardly think about the dangerous and contaminating ways it can damage the environment. E-Waste consists of heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury that result in several diseases and medical problems. According to the EPA, Americans own about 24 electronic devices per household and many of these devices get replaced regularly. For example, reports suggest that the average cell phone user gets a cell phone every eighteen months. Did you know 75% of the heavy metals that are discarded in the landfills arrive from electronic equipment? Well, if you didn’t then this is certainly the time of the year for you to understand responsible ways of disposing of e-waste and electronic recycling in ways that do not damage the environment and atmosphere.
1) Find a Certified E-Waste Recycler – To begin with, find an e-waste recycler who is dedicated to recycling e-waste in a safe and responsible way. When you hire a certified e-waste recycler, you don’t have to worry about losing your data to criminals or about e-waste being dumped in other countries. Before you surrender your e-waste, be sure to format all your personal information from your hard disks and computers, ensure that your gadgets do not have the batteries in them. You can also check the CalRecycle.org website which has information on local options.
2) Consider Donating Your Electronics – As the old saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. This saying can be put into real life execution by donating your old gadgets to those in need of it like NGOs or students. Your old gadgets can light the lives of the needy by equipping them with gadgets to grow in their career path. Or, consider enquiring among government bodies, universities or schools if they offer recycling programs. Usually, these organizations assign a certain day and place for citizens who are environmentally conscious to drop off their e-waste.
3) Lookout for Buyback Offers – Usually electronic companies tend to have an exchange policy whereby they buy your old gadgets or equipment when you decide to upgrade to a new version or offer a discount on your new purchase. This solution will not only ensure that your old electronics will not end up in landfills but also give you a good deal on your decision to upgrade your gadgets. Business organizations can also disposition e-waste to qualified recyclers like Surplus Service who take back these items and can often pay for them.
4) Reduce Buying Electronics – Organizing your electronics and gadgets like wires, connectors and DVDs are extremely important to know what you have so that you don’t end up buying gadgets that you don’t need. If you have electronics lying around your home, repairing the worn out parts would be the first step to reduce the amount of e-waste you have in the first place.
5) Store Your Data on Cloud – Why use a hard disk or a memory stick when you can easily store a ton of data on the cloud for free? Instead of buying hard disks, consider using cloud storage options like Dropbox, Google Drive, and IDrive. Some of these will provide a free 30-day trial so you can see what will work best for you.
The more you educate yourself about the electronics you buy, the better you’ll be able to carry out the responsible actions without damaging the environment in the long term. At Surplus Service, we offer waste management solutions to businesses and organizations, recycling services, electronic disposal with zero waste reporting. Our goal is to provide the highest e-waste recycling solutions that lead to higher sustainability reuse and disposal electronics rather than simply recycling them or sending them to the landfill. Our continued efforts to protect the environment has earned us California’s highest sustainability honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). If you need any assistance about the disposal of e-waste, get in touch with our experts at Surplus Service today.