As we’re sure you’ve noticed technology is not built to last. In fact, it’s designed to become obsolete or to break after a certain number of years/uses to encourage repeat purchases. Also, did you know that your electronics are full of dangerous chemicals and materials that are harmful to us and the planet if not disposed of properly?
In a world where electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, laptops and tablets have become an active part of everyday life it’s more important than ever that businesses, institutions, large and small enterprises and the general public know how to safely and securely deal with their e-waste.
E-waste recycling is the term used to describe the disposal of all electronics in a safe, secure and regulated way that helps keep these devices from piling up in landfills or being shipped to foreign countries.
At its most basic level companies who manage this process, much like the kind of recycling we all know in our everyday lives, will collect e-waste in large trucks, process it in a safe and secure facility and either resell devices that are functioning or destroy them and mine them for parts to be sold. Either way, it’s an important process that helps keep the planet a little bit cleaner, safer and bonus - it’s a process that can make you and your business some money! More on this point in another post.
If you are an individual and have any questions about where you can drop off your home electronics visit our contact us page and put in your postal code at the bottom for the nearest location.
Until next time, we’ll leave you with a great infographic we found on VizWorld that does an excellent job of breaking down why e-waste is a problem and showing what you can do to help: