Electronic Waste Disposal
Electronic waste (E-waste): what is it?
This term applies to all consumer and business electronic pieces of equipment that are near or at the end of its useful life. There is no specific definition for electronic waste (e-waste) at this time, but any electronic device containing circuit boards or chips is most likely e-waste. Things which contain heavy metals like cadmium, lead, copper, and chromium that can contaminate the environment.
Some examples of electronic waste include, but not limited to:
- TVs, computer monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, circuit boards, lamps, clocks, flashlight, calculators, phones, answering machines, digital/video cameras, radios, VCR, DVD players, MP3, and CD players
- Kitchen equipment (toasters, coffee makers, microwave ovens)
- Laboratory equipment (hot plates, microscopes, calorimeters)
- Broken computer monitors, television tubes (CRTs
The E-Waste Problem?
How often do we buy a new cell phone, laptop, or TV? In this technology-centered society, we probably upgrade our Electronics Devices faster than anything else. Most people don’t think twice about buying the “latest and greatest” technology. After all, the companies and their marketing teams spend a great deal of money to make sure that we’re hungry to buy the next iPhone, Xbox or LED TV.
While our hunger for electronics and technology keeps growing, what happens to our old stuff?
- The average cell phone user gets a new cell phone every 18 months.
- In Australia, we toss more than 100 million cell phones in the trash every year.
- On an average, 20 million TVs are trashed in Australia every year.
- Only 13% of electronic waste is disposed of and recycled properly.
Where Does Our E-Waste Go?
Electronic waste coming from all the pieces of equipment of all sizes includes dangerous chemicals like lead, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, and brominated flame retardants. When we dispose of these kinds of gadgets and devices improperly, these hazardous materials have a high risk of:-
- polluting the air
- contaminating soil
- Polluting water sources.
When e-waste sits in a typical landfill, for example, water flows through the landfill and picks up trace elements from these dangerous minerals.
Eventually the contaminated landfill water, called “leachate,” gets through layers of natural and manufactured landfill liner. When it reaches natural groundwater, it introduces lethal toxicity and various hazardous gases which results in increased health risks like kidney disease, brain damage, and genetic mutations.
Here are some eco-friendly waste disposal techniques that you can use to dispose of electronic waste locally:
- Give Back to Your Electronic Companies and Drop Off Points
A lot of electronic companies tend to have an exchange policy whereby they take back your old devices when you buy a later version, sometimes offering you a discount on your new purchase.
A few recycling companies have set up electronic drop off initiatives along with drop off points for products such as cell phones and tablets after which they are recycled. You can ask your local electronics shops regarding any information about drop off locations.
- Donating Your Outdated Technology
Old devices that you no longer need can be donated as they may be useful to others. Your old computer may be useful to either an NGO or students. You should ask yourself these 2 questions before disposing of your old electronics:
Is the electronic item working?
Does the computer have any of your personal information?
A lot of organizations and businesses offer electronic donation programs which you can choose from.
- Sell off Your Outdated Technology
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure as the old saying goes. This can be applied to helping you get rid of your old electronics. You can tap into online sites or even resort to having a garage sale as to help you get rid of your outdated electronics as well as earn some money. Examples of this are old video games which can sell for as high as $40 a piece. Most electronic shops are always ready to buy your old electronics.
4: Through Rcube Solutions:
We at RCube Solutions specializes in providing complete e-waste recycling solutions for businesses and education providers in Australia.
We follow 3 step system for handling E-waste:-
All assets are inspected to determine functionality and value; if fit to reuse, they are wiped according to DOD standards and are sold or sent to a charity of the client’s choice.
Devices unfit for use are sorted and dismantled into commodities.
Dismantled components are sent to downstream vendors for further refining to be used as new products.
For more information on how to handle Ewaste, you can contact us by visiting our website http://rcube.com.au/