How Can I Properly Dispose of E-Waste?

How can my business properly dispose of e-waste? New technology constantly evolves and brings new gadgets and products. However, you will need to know how to dispose of old gadgets properly. All electronic waste is made from deadly chemicals including cadmium, lead, mercury, and others. Not disposing of these chemicals the right way can be extremely dangerous because the chemicals can contaminate the soil, and even pollute the air.

How to Dispose of E-Waste

What are the proper ways to dispose of e-waste? Read on to find out what you can do.

Give Waste to E-Waste Recycler

The good thing about e-waste recycling is that you have many options for recycling. You will have to find an e-waste recycler certified by the Basel Action Network, a non-profit organization of recycling companies, dedicated to e-waste recycling. They do so in a way that is safe and responsible. All members of BAN must pledge and display responsible recycling.

Before you donate or recycle your electronics, make sure that you:

  • Upgrade your computer instead of replacing it
  • Delete all personal data from products prior to discarding
  • Take out batteries from gadgets prior to getting rid of them

Sell Outdated Technology

The saying “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” is extremely true and can also be applied to helping you get rid of your old electronics. You can easily find sites such as eBay or Craigslist, or maybe have a garage sale to help you get rid of your outdated electronics. You can even earn some money in the process. A few examples are Nintendo video games, which can sell for as much as $40.

Donate Outdated Technology

Old electronics that you no longer need can also be donated since they can be useful to others. For example, your old computer may be useful to students or an NGO. However, make sure that the electronic item is working and that the computer doesn’t contain your personal information.

Visit Civic Institutions

You can ask several universities and even schools to see if they have any recycling programs they run. Many organizations have begun assigning a certain place and day for people to come and drop off their e-waste items.

Give Back to Electronic Companies

Many electronics companies have an exchange policy where they ask for your old electronics back and you purchase a later version. Many times they even offer discounts on new purchases.

Several recycling companies have set up electronic drop-offs intended for those who would like to drop off old cell phones and tablets after which they are recycled. You can ask electronic shops nearby about any information you may want to know regarding drop-off locations.

Remember, that even though electronics are an important part of our lives today, e-waste comes along with it. Always make sure that your electronic devices are formatted properly before disposing of them in the right way. The consequences can be painful when not done correctly.