Have you received a brand new TV, speaker or other electrical device this festive season, it’s worth looking into how to recycle or give away the ageing gadget it’s replacing.
Around 44.7m metric tonnes of e-waste, classified as discarded products with a plug or battery, was generated in 2016 – an 8 per cent rise on 2014’s 3.3 metric tonnes, a United Nations report found earlier this month.
It is a fastest-growing waste category, as lower electronics prices mean we think less about shelling out for replacements. Read on for i’s guide on how best to dispose of old appliances and gadgets, and how they could even be used to help someone else out.
Before you do anything: wipe your data
Many electronic devices, including smartphones, mobile phones, tablets, laptops and less obvious ones such as sat navs and TVs, carry vast amounts of personal data. Make sure you wipe your device before you sell it, give it away or recycle it to avoid your personal information falling into the wrong hands.
Differing makes and models will different processes for wiping them, but websites such as www.diskwipe.org and www.dban.org offer free software for wiping data from computers.
Many electronics contain hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium, which can contaminate soil and water if dumped into landfill. All products sporting a plug, which use batteries or need charging can all be recycled. It’s also worth checking if it has a printed logo of a wheelie bin with a cross through it – that means it is recyclable and should not be put in the bin.
What our recycled junk really says about us?
Recycle Now with us at CITD LTD, the government’s national recycling campaign for England, has a handy recycling centre locator on its site like www.computeritdisposal.com, Our opening hours may be a bit patchy during the festive season but do not hesitate to contact us.
There’s also localised information available for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for other local recycling sites.
Www.computeritdisposal.com accepts phones, tablets and computer donations from individuals and businesses alike, before refurbishing and distributing them across the UK and developing countries. It will also let you know where in the world your equipment ends up, and what it’s being used for. Check to see if your gadgets meet their minimum requirements and how to donate by visiting the ComputerAid website