Electronic waste, otherwise known as e-waste, are electronic devices or gadgets that are either spoilt beyond repair or outdated. Electronic waste comprises of printers, computers, DVD players, television sets, radios, laptops, mobile phones, etc.
With the rate at which technology is advancing, technology companies and giants are always striving to manufacture a better, sleeker and more efficient gadget or machine version than the previous installment. To keep up with contemporary advancements, people are always on the lookout for new devices, but after buying are faced with a challenge on how well to dispose the outdated gadget they have.
Unlike other wastes, electronic wastes need be handled carefully as they can greatly affect the environment if disposed incorrectly. Whenever you need to dispose e-wastes you should consider the 3 Rs mantra:
So how can you apply the above three ways to get rid of electronic wastes? Here is how.
Just as the name suggests, maintain your generation’s electronic devices well to avoid buying others. Basically, you can practice “smart procurement,” whereby if it is not spoilt or broken do not replace it.
Another way you can cut down on your e-waste is learning how to repair some of the electronic devices by yourself. Gadgets such as gaming pads can quickly be repaired, and the experience of getting back to a spoilt device back to a proper working condition is fulfilling.
For the case of still working electronic gadgets that are still in good condition, you can either give them out for free or sell them to people who may need them.
This can also be achieved by conducting fundraising activities of electronic waste materials, e.g. laptops, mobile phones, PCs, etc., within your area, school or church. The gadgets collected can then be cleaned and shipped off to developing countries where they can be donated to the people or sold at a cheaper fee.
For spoilt electronic devices that are beyond repair, you can take them to an electronic waste management company where the devices are stripped, and their parts reused to build other gadgets.
Certified e-waste recyclers are organizations tasked with ensuring electronic waste delivered to them is recycled safely and responsibly. You can search for certified e-waste recyclers within your area and take any of the electronic waste to them.
Whenever you purchase a new electronic gadget, it is your civic responsibility to ensure that the old one is disposed correctly.