Should you decide to upgrade to newer technology when your electronics become obsolete, there is a right and wrong way to get rid of them. To find out what exactly you need to with the electronics you no longer need in your home, you can contact your local waste disposal company.
Here, we put together a few tips to get you started.
- Laptop computers and tablets
- Printers and copiers
- Cellphones and pagers
- Display items like monitors and TV screens
- Desktop computers
- Computer accessories like keyboards and mice
- Telephones and answering machines
- Speakers and home theatre equipment
- Camcorders, DVD players and other devices
Almost all cities have depots where you can drop off your used electronics. Your City Hall or local waste disposal company can provide you with guidelines regarding electronic waste in your municipality. If you’re living in a condo or apartment complex, there is usually an electronic waste disposal station located in an easily accessible area within the building. Your superintendent should be able to give you more information.
Do I have to utilize drop-off centers?
Not all jurisdictions require that electronic waste be dropped off at disposal centers. But you do your environment well when you reduce theamount of waste you create, and you may end up paying a smaller fee for solid waste use. The aim for most cities is to keep 70% of electronics out of landfill sites, and instead have them recycled. Besides, it won’t cost you anything to use drop-off centers.
The Three R’s
Reduce, reuse and recycle .
When having to deal with unwanted electronics and other household waste, these are the three R’s that play a crucial role.
Maybe you don’t really need that new electronic gadget, and maybe holding on to the old one for a little while longer will make sense. If you do replace it though, consider that someone else may have use for the old one. That old computer equipment could be if some use to a local school. It is good practice to keep things useful for as long as possible. If the entire unit cannot continue in good shape, there’s a good chance that some parts can be used to repair another unit. Then try to recycle those useful components.
Where do dropped off items go?
After the cuties have collected used electronics, they are packaged at government approved processing facilities. Those electronic waste that contain hazardous materials like lead, Flame retardant materials, beryllium and mercury are recycled safely so as not to contaminate the ecosystem. Waste disposal companies also send electronic waste to the same place for processing and disposal. Choose to call a waste disposal company or you make use of drop-off centers. Both will ensure that your unwanted electronics meet a responsible end.