When was the last time you purchased a smartphone? Last month? Well, it’s already obsolete.
Your smartphones and tablets, desktop computers and laptops become outdated in a matter of months. Every six to 18 months or so, companies are introducing updated models, new designs and the latest technology that prompts consumers to ditch their recently purchased equipment.
As time goes by and tech aficionados adopt all of the modern technology, a massive pile of tech goodies keeps getting bigger and bigger. Before you know it, you have a whole closet full. Eventually, that stockpile becomes a nuisance and you decide to throw it in the trash. It should be noted that you’re contributing to the growing trend of electronic waste, or e-waste.
Perhaps it is time to recycle your old electronics? We assure you that it isn’t difficult at all.
Here are five tips for recycling your old electronics:
1. Delete All of Your Data First
Before you grab all of your broken down and antiquated technology, you should first take the time to delete all of your data on the smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops and others.
Since someone else may use those electronics in the future, you don’t want them to gain access to your sensitive, confidential and personal information – some of which may not be flattering.
2. Drop by a Civic Institution
Due to the fact that e-waste is becoming a massive problem in communities everywhere, many municipal buildings, government schools and post-secondary institutions are gradually becoming designated drop-off locations. These entities will take your mobile devices and computers and recycle them for you; be sure to check their calendars to find out when’s the best time to visit.
3. Visit a Retail Outlet
Many retail stores, particularly those that specialize in technology, will have recycling depots for you to utilize. Best Buy, for example, has several recycling bins in its front entrances for you to leave batteries, cellphones, cameras, DVD players and the list goes on.
These companies will either recycle these gadgets or refurbish them to sell to somebody else.
4. Take Advantage of an E-Waste Recycler
Sometimes, it is simply the best course of action to locate an e-waste recycler and drop off your archaic electronics there. A large number of these certified e-waste recyclers work to safely and responsibly recycling electronics, and many of them promise to not have another country pollute the environment with your old stuff or have a criminal enterprise use your tech equipment.
In other words, a foreign government doesn’t have to worry about your garbage and nefarious individuals or associations using your three-year-old smartphone.
5. Donate Your Old Electronics
Do you have a state-of-the-art desktop computer? Is your smartphone still relatively new? What about that high-definition camera you got for your birthday?
Simply put: if you have pristine, advanced and like-new technology in your home then you should consider donating these old electronics to non-profit organizations, local elementary and secondary schools and other groups that are dedicated to helping the impecunious who may not have access to modern day electronics. Remember, every little bit counts in today’s world.
All over the developed world, e-waste is becoming a big deal. Since the 1990s, when the prevalence of consumer electronics and corporate technology was initiated, we have accumulated so many goods in our homes and offices.
Within 18 months, those items become useless and unnecessary. Therefore, we leave it in our closets to sit and be unused, or perhaps even throw it in the garbage can.
Thanks to numerous philanthropic endeavours and the private sector, electronics recycling is ubiquitous. There are several global initiatives being established to help minimize the impact of electronics on the environment.
This means you have no excuse and now you can start doing your part.