Ways to Curb the environmental hazards of electronic waste

People have been focusing on reusing paper, glass or metal for almost decades but do you know that there is something else which is contributing to generating environmental hazards? Yes, you heard it right, and that is the electronic waste. Electronic waste means any electronic device that is outdated or no longer in use. They can either be in working condition or unusable.

Every year many people abandon their old phones or tv for the new model. Rapidly changing technology, and easy availability of electronic gadgets leads to generate large amounts of e-waste every year, and most electronic devices end up in landfills and create air and give rise to air and water pollution. However, that does not mean it cannot be controlled. Take a look at the following methods to limit your e-waste.

1. Sell or Donate Working Electronic Gadgets

One of the simplest and efficient way to manage your functioning electronic waste by selling or exchanging it to buy a new one. You can use trusted companies to sell these items. Or else, there are recycling websites that allow you to send your old gadgets off, for recycling or repurposing.

2. Repurpose your Old Mobile Phones

Rather than throwing your mobile phones in the trash, consider using them for some other purposes such as you can convert your old phone into universal remote control, as a GPS device, music player, or it can also be used to monitor security cameras.

3. Consider Recycling via Retailer

Most large retailers and brands provide recycling option to customers. They recycle mobile phones, computers and TVs. Some also offer an option to trade your old equipment for gift cards.

4. Arrange Your Electronics

Rather than purchasing new devices, it is better to go through your existing gadget to see whether you need a new one or not.  Moreover, try to share gadgets with family members instead of buying the same device again.

5. Say No to Battery Disposal

Rechargeable batteries contain dangerous waste that can severely pollute the environment. These types of batteries include plastic, metal and lead which makes them recyclable.

6. Consume Less

Nowadays it is easy to purchase a brand new mobile, tv or a new laptop and most people don’t even think if they really need them or not. So, before buying anything ask yourself first do you need it? If your old phone is in a working condition and still you are buying a new one, why not just upgrade the software. If you are finding your laptop boring why not simply modify it? By doing this, you can manage your e-waste and contribute to an e-waste free environment.

7. Storing Your Data Online

Why use a pen drive when you can save a significant amount of data on the internet? There are several types of storage clouds available online such as Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox and IDrive.

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8. Purchase Only Energy Star Rated Appliances

Energy Star appliances are environment- friendly, energy-efficient products that consume less electricity and help to save money on utility bills. So, next time while purchasing an air conditioner, washing machine, refrigerator or microwave do not forget to look for energy star models.

9. Learn About the Material Used in Electronics

It is necessary to educate yourself about the raw materials that are used to manufacture your mobile phone or laptop because some raw materials can be recycled while others can’t. Moreover, Gadgets contains a number of toxic materials. The more you will learn about them the better you will be able to buy items that do not harm the environment in the long term.

Furthermore, before selling or giving your mobile away don’t forget to clear all the memory or doing a factory reset. By reducing electronic waste can help to save the planet in the long run.

If you think we missed out on something or you have any tips or suggestions feel free to share with us in the comments below.

2 Comments on “Ways to Curb the environmental hazards of electronic waste

  1. I think it’s getting harder to find electronic items made to last or repairable. Especially since mobile phones have so much software on them which limits their life more.
    The only problem with Cloud storage is the energy it uses, which is why I avoid it as much as possible.