7 Easy Tips for Recycling E-Waste
E-waste is an emerging global environmental and public health issue. With the release of new technology every year, people tend to adapt to a newer product than repair or use an older device. It’s estimated that between 20-50 million metric tons of electronics are thrown away each year, with that figure rising annually.
Electronic waste toxins such as Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Polybrominated Flame Retardants, Barium, and Lithium can leak into the groundwater and bioaccumulate in the food chain causing detrimental damage to the soil, water supply, vegetation, animals and humans.
Here are 7 quick and easy e-waste recycling tips to be safe, help the planet and even raise funds for your organization.
7 E-waste Recycling Tips to Save Money, the Earth, and Your Security
1. Research E-waste Recycling Companies
Search for companies and stores that assist in donating and recycling electronics by visiting EPA.gov. You can search by the type of device and even brand, to see which companies will help you with recycling electronics. Quick, easy and simple.
2. Look into Your City’s Current Recycling Program
You can also search for local e-cycling centers by turning to your state, county or local government. Visit any official websites and look into their recycling programs to see if there are eligible donation centers.
3. Tell Everyone About Your E-waste Fundraiser
Hold a work event encouraging all of your colleagues and coworkers to bring in their unwanted electronics for donations. First of all, you’ll be the workplace hero for getting it started. Second of all, the entire office (yourself included) will be amazed at how much is gathered. What a great firsthand showcase of the e-waste problem.
4. Buy One, Donate One Rule
Storing old, unused electronics isn’t as bad as tossing them in the trash. It’s also not helpful either. When e-waste is just sitting in your home or office collecting dust, they can’t be recycled or reused. Therefore, every time you buy a new piece of electronics, take at least one other item for recycling.
5. Clear Personal Data Before Donating
Be sure to clear your phones and computers of personal information before taking it in for recycling. Over 70% of data breaches are due to discarded technology according to The Ponemon Institute. You don’t want that to happen to you, so clear your devices of any personal data.
6. Donate Unwanted Still Working Items
Remember that donating your old electronics which are still in good condition to a friend, family member, or local charity for the needy, absolutely is beneficial and worthwhile too, beyond bringing items in for recycling.
7. E-Waste Includes Accessories
Don’t forget about all of the peripheral items and accessories when you’re recycling electronics. That includes power cords and plugs, extra batteries or memory cards, printer ink, and ink cartridges, and all the rest.
Anybody can start putting the above tips for recycling e-waste to good use and begin making a positive impact both on the local community, and the global stage. Recycling electronics is something which we all should consider important, and with so many easy options available these days, there’s no reason to put it off any longer.
Start Your Own E-waste Recycling Fundraiser
Did you know that you can recycle inkjet cartridges and small electronics and earn funds for your school, sports team, non-profit, or community organization? Learn more about our free recycling fundraiser program and start earning today!