Electronic waste is a global problem that causes harm to the planet and the people in countries where electronic waste is often sent when disposed of. Business owners need to understand how to safely dispose of electronics for the sake of the planet and to protect their own interests. There may be security issues related to disposing of business electronics if they are not wiped clean, and a solid cyber liability policy is wise to obtain. The good news is that there are many options available to consider, like those mentioned below.
Donate Used Electronics
There are all kinds of programs that will accept donated electronics. From domestic violence shelters that accept donated used mobile phones to televisions and computers, you can donate to local charities like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity Stores, or the Salvation Army. Even some mobile phone and electronic retailers sponsor recycling events where they “buy” back used electronics for discounts on newer models.
Professional e-Cycling Services
Waste e-cycling is big business these days and growing along with the awareness of the need for this valuable service. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that you must do due diligence when selecting an e-cycling service to ensure that you’re working with reputable professionals — as there are many unscrupulous vendors out there that promise responsible disposal but fail to deliver. Consumer Reports suggests looking for recyclers that have been certified by e-Stewards as they adhere to safe practices for disposing of electronic waste.
Community Driven e-Cycling Events
Many communities understand the importance of proper disposal of e-waste and offer community e-cycling days when people can drop off electronics to be properly disposed of. Local news networks are great resources for information on community recycling events for electronics.
Before you decide to recycle or even to donate your old electronics, there are a few things you might want to consider. Remember that the fact you no longer want the device or television doesn’t mean it isn’t useful to anyone. Look to the people around you and see if anyone is interested in a free television. Great places to look include young couples who are just starting out, children, teens, and community or church groups. You might even ask employees if they’re interested in your old computer equipment and other electronics.
Keeping up with the latest technology is important for businesses. But you don’t have to abandon older technology completely in order to embrace it. Sometimes, it’s nice to have an older computer as a backup plan in case something goes wrong with the newer electronics. So it’s not exactly unwise to keep some older electronics around.
Safety is a primary concern when disposing of electronics, but don’t forget to check with state and local ordinances regarding e-waste. You may find that there are strict regulations in your community you must follow as more and more communities are creating laws to deal with the electronic waste problem for businesses and households alike.