Also known as electronic waste, e-waste refers to any electric device that is no longer in use and needs to be discarded. All types of electronics are not decomposable and for this reason, they need to be disposed with extra care. For example, they need to be separated from all other rubbish before they can be disposed since they can bring adverse effects to the environment.
If you have small electrical devices like cell phones, cameras and kitchen appliances that you need to dispose, ensure that you work with professional companies that specialise in e-waste removal in Perth. These companies have the right tools and equipment to remove any type of e-waste, whether big or small. These companies not only remove e-waste but ensure that they use special recycling methods to make the most out of it. If you are not sure how to dispose your e-waste responsibly, learn what you need to do on your part and what happens to these gadgets once they leave your hands.
How e-waste is recycled
The first step taken when recycling e-waste is to separate raw materials like plastic, glass, and metal from electronics. After separation, these raw materials can be reused in different ways. The next step that is taken is to classify different types of electronics into three categories.
The first category includes parts of the electronic gadgets that are electronic but not dangerous. These parts include glass, copper, wires and plastic etc. the second category deals with small electronic parts like printed circuit boards, hard drives and chips. The third category includes substances of concern like non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries. Once the raw materials are categorised, they are ready to be recycled in different ways.
Handling sensitive data on potential e-waste
Some individuals are cautious about disposing their e-waste which include computers and cell phones since they are afraid that their data may fall into the wrong hands. This is a genuine concern which one should not overlook. The first thing you should do before disposing gadgets that hold sensitive data, you need to ensure that you wipe off the memory and storage of these gadgets. Gadgets like laptops and desktops have hard disks that hold data. These hard disks can be removed and safely stored for future use. If not, you can format these hard disks to remove all data before dropping your product in.
Don’t dump e-waste into garbage bins
It is common to see people make the mistake of dumping their e-waste into regular garbage bins. When you do this, the e-waste ends up in landfills which then have adverse effects on the environment and will put more pressure on limited landfill capacity. Some people also have the notion that when they put e-waste in recycling bins, it will end up being recycled. Some sorting stations are not fully equipped to handle e-waste. If not properly handled using the right technology, e-waste can end up being wrongfully disposed which is not good for the environment. That is why it is vital to ensure that you allow specific e-waste removal companies to collect your gadgets for proper disposal.
Know products can be recycled
The following is a list of e-waste that can be collected and recycled regardless of age or brand:
- Scanners, faxes, printers and multi-functional devices
- Computer monitors and parts which include CD drives and internal hard drives
- Notebooks and tablets
- Laptop computers and all cables
- Computer accessories like web cameras, keyboards, mice, modems and USBs
- Big objects like TV-screens, washers, fridges and any device with a battery or plug
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