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Even though electronic disposal may seem like a daunting task, getting rid of these items properly keeps hazardous waste out of landfills and helps conserve the environment and its natural resources. According to a 2016 report from the University of British Columbia, it was discovered that Canadians generate about 725,000 tonnes of e-waste each year, with only 20 percent of it being recycled properly.
Metals from electronics that weren’t correctly recycled or thrown away can make their way into the air, soil, and water supply, leading to various health problems. Also, since disposing of e-waste is such a new phenomenon, researchers aren’t sure of what failing to recycle old electronics can lead to, including the impact on wildlife and our planet’s ecosystem.
If you have e-waste to throw out, there are various methods to do so properly. Here are a few of the best ways to get rid of that old, bulky computer.
Selling your used computer or electronics ends up being environmentally friendly because you aren’t just throwing away your previously owned items. No matter what kind of computer you had, the market is always in search of old tech via platforms like eBay or Craigslist, and there shouldn’t be an issue finding a new home for your computer. If you’re willing to let it go for free, then that’s an even easier way to get rid of your computer.
Some companies will even buy your previously owned computer from you; just do your research and see what resources are available to you.
However, one thing to note is that you’ll want to remove anything from your computer that is private information, and will want to protect it. Be sure not to give access to your banking information, browsing history, or photos.
The easiest way to protect your privacy is by removing the hard drive, and mention this in your product listing. If you keep the hard drive, wipe it clean so no one else can retrieve anything from it. Many online tools will help you wipe your hard drives like DBAN, Disk Wipe, and more.
Electronic waste continues to be the fastest-growing waste stream across the globe. This increase in waste is because electronics have a short lifespan, and there’s a constant influx of new tech products.
However, not all hope is lost; electronics can be recycled at specific electronic recyclers. In Canada, the Electronic Recycling Association is a non-profit that helps reduce adverse environmental consequences by facilitating the electronic recycling process. They have drop-off locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, and have a pickup service as well.
It is always a good measure to check and see how reputable the electronic equipment recycler is. To do so, you must check and see if they are seeking old equipment that can be reused before its parts are sold. It’s important to note that reuse is a more environmentally friendly option and will increase the device’s lifespan.
If refurbishment is not available, then the more trusted recycling companies will use the processes of mechanical shredding and high-tech separation devices to remove the metals, which can be further utilized by smelters.
Giving back can be a compassionate gesture, and donating a computer to someone in need could change their life. If you have a computer you want to donate; Reboot Canada accepts donations for computers and electronic items.
There is also the “digital divide” to consider, making donating a computer an excellent option. The digital divide is the economic and social inequality between those who own computers and can access the Internet, and those who cannot. When someone doesn’t own a computer, it can create difficulties for their children to pursue their education, complete schoolwork, or for their parents to apply for jobs or work from home.
If you want to dispose of your electronics conveniently, there are many companies, like Red Bins, that provide bin disposal and will get rid of the e-waste in Toronto on your behalf. They work with reputable e-waste disposal methods so that you don’t have to worry. The process is easy: they will drop the bin off to you and pick it up when it is convenient for you.
Now that you know the benefits of properly getting rid of your old computer, you can do your part and either sell, recycle, donate your computer, or rent a disposal bin. By going about it the right way, you will positively impact the environment, or even change someone’s life for the better.
At Red Bins, we provide flexible disposal bin rental options for our clients looking to get rid of old electronics. We offer four different sized bin options to suit your needs, depending on how many electronic items you need to throw away. Plus, if you have other trash that you need to get rid of, renting a bin is convenient.
If you are interested in renting disposal bins from us, please contact us today! You can reach us at 416-RED-BINS, and we will explain the whole process and assist you with your disposal requirements.