Environmental and energy sustainability has become a global concern as people grow more aware of the importance of conserving natural resources. Proper waste disposal and management play a significant role in environmental conservation efforts. Managing plastic and electronic waste, however, is proving to be a difficult challenge. The world still generates millions of tons of E-waste every year, most of which are improperly disposed of in landfills and dump yards.
E-waste comprises mostly of computing hardware, cellphones, and home appliances. If your workplace is getting an IT upgrade, what do you plan to do about the decommissioned IT hardware? Here are three eco-friendly methods of handling your computer waste Ontario.
Refurbishing and Remarketing
In most cases, even old computers and laptops can still be useful and valuable. You could sell your old tech to refurbishing companies who can sell the ware in the second-hand market. In fact, some electronic manufacturers offer services where they sell you new computers at a subsidized price in exchange for the older hardware.
Donating to the Needy
Selling your old tech is one way, but if you are feeling generous, you could donate your used computers to welfare and learning institutions such as schools, tech hubs, and foster homes. Just make sure only to donate usable equipment – don’t give away damaged computers that could be more of a problem than a relief to the recipient.
If your old computer and IT hardware is very old or damaged that its unusable, then the only remaining option would be to recycle the salvageable components and destroy the rest. Get a recycling service to take the hardware off your hands. Such companies can extract and make use of precious metals, plastics, and other materials in the computers through careful recycling processes. Materials that can be recycled are destroyed in eco-friendly methods such as closed-furnace incineration.
The next time you upgrade your IT infrastructure, consider environmental-cautious methods of disposing of the old hardware. Instead of throwing everything in a dump, consider remarketing, donating, or recycling the decommissioned tech. If none of these methods is viable, look for an eco-friendly disposal service to destroy the electronics safely.