Can Electronic Waste Be Repurposed?

Can electronics be recycled or repurposed? When a business upgrades their technology, they’ve got a new problem on their hands: figuring out what to do with all of the electronics they’re no longer going to be using. Depending on how outdated they are, it’s usually not worth selling them. However, you can’t just throw them out. So, what do you do? Read on to learn more.

What is electronic waste?

Electronic waste covers a number of different technologies, including fluorescent lamps, computers, printers, monitors, cell phones, batteries, copiers, telephones and printers. Whenever possible, it’s best to reuse the equipment. If it can’t be reused, you should find a way to recycle the electronic waste.

Can I just toss my old electronics in the trash?

In California, it’s illegal to toss your old electronics in the garbage. This is because California has made it a point to cut down on electronic waste. Electronic waste can leach toxic chemicals in the landfill, which eventually make their way into the groundwater supply. This has been the law since 2006, so by now, most residents are used to the requirements.

How do I know what to do with my electronics?

Generally, if your electronics are five years old or less, they can be reused. There are a number of different ways you can ensure your electronics are properly disposed of and reused. First, you can decide whether your electronics are suitable for using in another company department. If they are, problem solved: send them to another department to be used until they are no longer viable.

If the technology is older than five years, you’ll probably want to get rid of it. There are many companies that buy old electronics—just confirm with them that they accept the type of electronics you’re trying to get rid of. They may also require that you include any mouses, cables, keyboards and other accoutrement when selling your equipment. These companies often refurbish electronics and resell them. If the equipment can’t be refurbished, they’ll recycle it appropriately.

If the equipment is usable, you may also wish to donate it to a school or non-profit organization. There are many districts who would welcome used electronics to support their students.

What if I want to recycle my electronic waste?

When your equipment is no longer viable, it’s best to recycle your electronic waste. You can contact your local recycling authorities to learn more about their programs. Depending on how much waste you’re producing, you may need to take advantage of a bulk recycling program.

The manufacturers themselves may also offer an electronic waste recycling program, so if you have 50 circa 2012 Dell computers, it’s worth talking to the corporation to see if they will take their equipment back.

Finally, you can look for a dedicated electronic waste recycling firm and take your electronics there. This is a safe, easy way to dispose of your technology without jeopardizing the environment.

For customized waste solutions for your business, contact the team at CIWA, Inc. today. We’d be glad to show you how your electronics can be recycled or otherwise repurposed.