In modern times, electronic equipment is an integral part of our lives in the workplace. According to a report by the United Nations, the world produces as much as 50 million tonnes of e-waste each year. From computers and copiers to cell phones and other office technology, there are tons of essential electronic equipment we rely on in order to work efficiently and effectively. Other products that can be categorized as e-waste include:

  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Computer Components (CPUs, processors, etc.)
  • Keyboards
  • Printers
  • Phones
  • Fax machines
  • Televisions

Electronics cannot be easily thrown out like other types of office waste. E-waste can leak hazardous chemicals if thrown away in a dumpster. This leakage can lead to liability lawsuits and other legal issues that can arise from cases such as improper desktop disposal.

So, wondering what you can do about the growing e-waste problem? Here are a few methods you can employ to reduce your e-waste output.

1. Donate or Sell Old Electronics

One of the many ways you can ensure that your e-waste does not end up in a landfill is by reselling or donating your old technology. With marketplace apps like Letgo becoming increasingly popular, finding a buyer for your old electronics is as easy as ever before. You can dispose of old electronics and make a quick buck, too.

If you are feeling in a charitable mood, donating your old electronics to charity is another way to breathe new life into your old tech. Michael Miller with VPNOnline always donates his used devices. “Many don’t seem to be aware, but most electronic devices have harmful elements to our environment. That’s why instead of throwing away my old gadgets, I donate them to others.” There are many local charities who would be more than willing to take an old TV or computer off of your hands. Second-hand stores like Goodwill are all over the country, and will accept all types of electronics for donation. By selling or donating your old electronics you are ensuring that your old tech is staying out of landfills, and finding renewed use with someone else. 

2. Treat Your Electronics Right

How often have you heard stories of friends or family needing to purchase a new phone because they broke their last one? One of the most effective ways of ensuring that your tech lasts a long time is to maintain it and treat it with respect. There are different ways to maintain different pieces of technology. Placing a protective case or screen protector on your phone is one way to prolong its life. You wont need to dispose of a broken phone if it isn’t broken in the first place!

For computers, cleaning the insides from dust or dirt is another way to improve its lifetime usage. For any electronic device, not charging the device to 100% will prolong its battery life. A good battery will keep your device fast and operating for a long time. By properly maintaining your electronic devices, you will keep them in your possession and out of the landfills for longer.

Additionally, if your device is broken or having issues, try fixing the device before tossing it and buying the newest model. This can add a few months or even years to your device. Shayne Sherman with Car Passionate tells us to “Really try and fix your technology before you trow it away. Search for places in your local area that would be able to help with that. There are even lots of free workshops happening nowadays.”

3. Recycle Your E-Waste

In an ideal world companies would offer incentive for users to return their old tech to be recycled but often that is not the case. Daniel with Zippy Electronics tells us “The best way to address the growing e-waste problem worldwide is by encouraging the companies that produce electronic products to have doable and reliable recycling programs for their own products.” Unfortunately this is not always the case and more often than not it’s left up to the user to find a place to recycle their broken or outdated device.

By recycling e-waste you are preserving the natural resources that are used to build and manufacture electronics. You are also guaranteeing that the chemicals inside of your e-waste remain out of the local environment, and are used to produce additional electronic items. Many retail stores are giving customers options to bring in their old electronics for a variety of different purposes. Trading in old electronics for cash or credit towards new technology is a common practice nowadays. There are also electronic recycling businesses whose job it is to dispose of your e-waste safely and securely.

At Newtech Recycling is here to help your business with any e-waste disposal needs. We are committed to creating a safe and sustainable corporate electronic recycling process for you and your business. Through our extensive range of service options, we will help to dispose of any and all electronic waste and data that you need removed.

Safely Dispose of Electronic Waste In the Tri-State Area

No matter who we are, we should all work to protect the environment better. Tommy with Vekhayn told us that, “The biggest problem of e-waste rise is not actually lack of places to recycle it.” At Newtech Recycling, it is our corporate duty to ensure that the right environmental practices are being employed when disposing of any e-waste your businesses might produce. No matter the size of your business, we are here to handle any amount of e-waste your company needs to be removed.

By contacting us, you are ensuring that you are protecting the environment in a safe and responsible way.