We all love our tech products – they make everything from work to play and cooking to grooming easier and more fun. But when they wear out and stop working, or it’s time to upgrade to the latest and greatest new products on the market, what do you do with your old tech?
For most consumers, old tech is stored away in a drawer, a closet or a garage – a problem to deal with later. But recycling your old tech products don’t have to be a daunting task! Here are a few tips and guidelines to make recycling easy, quick and secure, so you can help the environment and declutter your space at the same time.
1) Go back to the source – try electronics retailers!
Think back to the companies where you bought your tech in the first place. Many of them run their own recycling schemes, and they take care of the logistics for you. Every year, Currys collect, reuse and recycle as much as 65,000 tonnes of electrical appliances.
2) Size doesn’t matter!
You might already be familiar with recycling schemes for large appliances – when you buy a new fridge or washing machine, retailers often offer to recycle your old appliance. But don’t forget the small tech items that might be overlooked. Smaller appliances, IT equipment, tools, and grooming appliances can be recycled, too!
Large appliances: fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers
Small appliances: toasters, vacuum cleaners, irons, kettles, slow cookers, blenders, food processors
IT equipment: fax machines, scanners, printers, phones, desktop and laptop computers, smartphones
Audio and visual tools: CD and DVD players, stereos, televisions, cameras
Tools: drills, saws, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, sanders, and other power tools
Grooming appliances: electric toothbrushes, shavers, beard trimmers, hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons
Contact your local household waste management authority for details on how you can recycle these items – it’s often free of charge, depending on where you live.
3) Think about security
One of the reasons why people leave their old computer or smartphone lying around in storage is because they don’t know how to get rid of all of the personal information on it.
If you use your desktop or laptop computer for online banking and maintaining your personal financial records, it’s important to dispose of it properly, in order to protect yourself from financial fraud or identity theft. The best way to wipe all of your personal information from your devices is to reset them to their original factory settings.
Taking the extra time to remove your personal data can prevent your information from getting into the wrong hands, and ultimately keep you from becoming an identity theft victim.
As more and more people become aware of the environmental impact of our modern consumerist lifestyles, recycling is becoming easier and more accessible every day. Each year, some 378,200 tonnes of electrical appliances are traded in nationally. If you want to minimize your impact on the environment, make sure you’re recycling.
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