Reducing E-Waste After The Festive Period…

Every year after the festive period passes, tons of electronic e-waste end up in landfills due to the increasing number of electronics readily available to purchase. Improper e-waste recycling is not only harmful to the environment but also to humans and animals. Generally people will throw out their old electronic devices in favour of buying new ones, the best examples of this are smartphones, TVs, laptops and other commonly used technology devices. 

There are many different options to help us recycle our old electronics properly and more importantly, safely. For example,

  • Sell/donate your unused electronic devices
  • The best way of reducing e-waste in your home is to sell or donate all your old electronic devices. So, your old gadgets help you earn some extra money while also increasing the lifespan of your devices instead of increasing landfill waste.

  • Recycle and remove e-waste properly
  • If you decide to dispose of or recycle your e-waste improperly, then it is more hazardous and harmful to the environment. Nowadays, some popular technology brands such as Apple and Samsung, provide recycling options for their customer’s old devices so be sure to double check with your device manufacturer regarding their recycling policies.

  • Repurpose or re-evaluate
  • Are you considering buying a new piece of tech? While we’re all about upgrading where upgrades are needed, however, if you're one of those people who purchases the latest tech as soon as it drops, every single time, maybe you should reconsider your choices. Do you really need this upgrade? Is your old device still in good working condition? What will you do with the old device once you purchase a newer one? By carefully considering your options before making the switch you can reduce e-waste significantly. 

  • Store data online
  • One of the easiest ways to reduce e-waste? If you use memory disks and other physical storage devices, consider making the switch over to cloud storage. Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud storage providers offer storage services at flexible costs. 

    What are your best practices for reducing e-waste and recycling your old devices? We’d love to hear them!

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