In a rapidly growing digital age, when technology is constantly becoming smarter and faster, more e-waste is being created than ever before. Canada is one of the world’s biggest offenders producing 725000 tonnes of e-waste each year. We wanted to share some tips on how to repurpose, reuse, and recycle old electronics to help combat the growing amount of e-waste.
What is E-Waste?
Lets start by defining what exactly e-waste is – it includes anything that requires batteries or electricity to work. This could be items such as batteries, cables, cellphones, toys, and tablets. It could also be larger items like a washer or dryer, circuit boards, or a hard drive.
Minimizing e-waste is important for many reasons. It helps to conserve the resources and energy we take from the earth when creating it. Reusing precious metals and plastics from old devices can save on additional mining of more of those materials and save the energy required to create them from scratch.
Tips for Reducing E-Waste
There are a few things to consider when buying a new electronic device such as a computer, TV, or a cell phone. One question to ask yourself is “Do I really need this extra gadget or can I find one that does multiple functions?” Technology usually comes with a big price tag; research your options before making the purchase.
When you are researching, look into trade-in programs or repair centres in your area that may have a refurbished device that works just as well as a new one!
2. Extend the Life of Your Electronics
You can take steps to care for your electronics to ensure you’re getting the most of their life! Consider doing things like:
3. Buy Environmentally Friendly Electronics
You can purchase batteries that can be re-used or re-charged instead of single use options. When purchasing a new toy or device consider options that are re-chargeable rather than those that use regular batteries. When making purchase decisions consider if the retailer is eco-conscious or energy star certified.
4. Sell Used Electronics
You can sell used electronics in several ways; start by looking at your nearest major retailer. Many of these companies have in-store, online, and drop off recycling options. If you are a business owner, many of the large retailers have options for re-selling old office electronics as well. They recycle computers, mobile phones, and TVs. You can also set up a Kijiji account or use Facebook Marketplace to connect with people in your area who may be able to find a use for your old electronics.
Before you sell your electronics, you should do a thorough clean out of the devices, be sure to delete old photos, account information, and documents before giving your electronics away. Doing a factory re-set is a recommended step in this process.
5. Donate Used Electronics
There are plenty of charities that accept used electronics if you prefer to donate. Look into your charities in your area that accept them or consider donating to Goodwill. Goodwill has donation options for business or personal devices. If your device does not have re-sale value, they will recycle the device for you. If you want to donate a large item (ie. A large old TV), some locations may not be able to accept it. When in doubt call ahead before dropping off the device.
6. Re-Use Old Electronics for New Purposes
7. Recycle Old Electronics
Finally, if you are not able to find a new use for your electronic it might be best to recycle it! There are options around Ontario for recycling old electronics. We checked out some local government websites for their e-waste policies. We love the ‘what goes where’ feature on the websites for the Region of Waterloo and Oxford County! You can search your device and it will tell you how to dispose of it!
In today’s modern world, e-waste is inevitable. It is possible to stay on the cutting edge of technology, while still being mindful of the environmental impact technology has. Keep your new or refurbished devices connected to what matters with Internet from Execulink! You deserve to have the best speeds that support your life at work or play! Call us at 1-866-706-1942 or check out our Internet plans to find the package you’ve been looking for!