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Simple steps to recycle your technology and manage e-waste in your home

Julie Lord

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You would probably be shocked by how many gadgets you have around the house, from mobile phones and batteries, to different cables and memory sticks. That is without even mentioning the big technology products, such as televisions, music systems, and even fridges, and microwaves. All of these items have an electronic element, and thus they need to be managed effectively to ensure they do not cause damage to the environment and human health when they are disposed of. With that being said, read on to discover some easy steps you can follow to make a conscious effort to manage e-waste in your own home.

  1. 1. Buy less – There is only one place to start, and this is with buying less. Some of you may think that this is a ridiculous suggestion.

    But, you probably have plenty of gadgets in your home that you don’t even use. Not only can buying less help the environment, but it can help your bank balance too. Do you need that new MP3 player? Is it really time to upgrade your laptop or mobile phone? Are you sure you don’t have a memory stick lying about before buying a new one?

  2. 2. Organise what you already have – This moves onto the next point perfectly; it is likely that you already have a number of gadgets that you have forgotten about. Buying new electronics has become so common that this issue is very much like the clothes you wear. We all go through a stage when we organise our wardrobe only to discover we have various garments we had totally forgotten about.

    It is likely that this will apply to your gadgets, so set aside some time to go through them.

  3. 3. Donate or give away your e-waste – Once you have organised everything, if you find that you have a number of gadgets that you do not use, do not simply throw them in the bin.

    Laptop disposal and smartphone disposal is not as simple as that. Instead, think about donating them to a charity or giving them away. You may not have a use for the item in question anymore, but there are bound to be plenty of other people that will.

    Take an old television for example. This is something that could mean the world to a low-income family that does not have the money to buy such a luxury themselves.

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    Take them back to the store – In the UK, there is legislation in place where companies do have to provide an e-waste program for customers that falls under the WEEE Regulations . For example, if you were to buy a refrigerator from a store, they would have to dispose of your old one, even if you didn’t originally buy it from there. There are a lot of companies that are starting to offer a trade-in program too. This means you can exchange your e-waste for vouchers and such like.

  5. 5. Think ahead – Last but not least, it is always important to think ahead. If you think you are going to need to get rid of e-waste, maybe you are due a phone upgrade or you are moving home, give yourself time to dispose of it in a safe manner and to find the best recycling company to assist with the job.

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