With the advent of advanced technology, companies have kept themselves busy with launching new gadgets and products. The frequency of inventions, manufacture and launch has been so that people are actually lured to buy more. That’s great! This is helpful for country’s economy. What about the effect on environment? What about us? What about the planet we live in? What do you end up doing with all of the old gadgets?
E-waste - Where does it Go?
The electronic waste comprises of lethal chemicals including cadmium, lead, beryllium, mercury etc. Some even contain brominated flame retardants. This makes it very necessary to dispose these devices and gadgets appropriately or else the dangerous chemicals may contaminate the soil, polluting air, and even leak into water bodies.
Depositing waste in a landfill can make it leach whenever water passes through it. All trace elements are picked up. Then contaminated landfill water reaches natural groundwater and the toxic levels increases which harms drinking water bodies.
This depends on the company you choose. Many focus on overseas shipping and dumping gadgets. These get buried deep into pits. Some even ship e-waste to other countries while disguising the task as philanthropy. The children and labor in such countries earn their livelihoods through scavenging gold, silver, iron, and copper coming from tech waste. This is harmful for health. Nations used as dumping grounds have very high rates of cybercrime.
Things to Do
Listed below are some of the best eco-friendly waste disposal techniques you may use for disposing of electronic waste locally:
Reach Certified E-Waste Recycler
This is one of the best ways you can recycle the e-waste. Find one with a valid certification or license to handle, recycle and dispose e-waste. Check online and find some reputed recyclers. A certified recycler will not pollute your own country or a foreign place.
While Donating to Other States, Organizations and Countries
There are a number of precautions you must take prior to donating or recycling your electronics. First you must upgrade your PC instead of simply replacing it. Also format all of your personal information from your products prior to actually discarding. Do not forget to take out batteries from your gadgets before disposing them of.
You can sell off outdated technology and make money out of it. Check out websites like Amazon, craigslist, eBay etc. This will help you get rid of outdated electronics. The best part is most electronic shops are always ready to purchase your old electronics.
Donate Obsolete Technology
This is a good thing to do. See if it is in working condition. Also check if it has any personal/sensitive information.
Give it Back
Think of giving it back to those electronic companies. Yes, this is one of the best ways you can save the precious little things residing within electronics and discard the rest without harming the environment. These days, most electronic companies come up with exciting exchange policies. This means they will take back your old/used/damaged gadgets and give discounts on new ones that you buy.
You would also find some e waste management companies or recycling companies that take these products for recycling. Get in touch with these establishments and enquire how they can help you. You can offer them your tablets, laptops, PCs etc. for recycling. Also get in touch with your local electronics shops for more information.
Protect the Environment and Sensitive Information
Electronics play a critical role in our lives. Unfortunately, they have a flipside too. It is called the e-waste. Make sure that you format the electronic devices prior to disposing them off in a proper way. If you fail to do so, the consequences may be painful.