Disposing of Electronics

Computer parts are made from different substances including plastic, metals, hazardous as well as non-hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium and so on. While the useful life of electronic devices continues to shorten- thanks to the continued innovation in the field- it is paramount that we understand how to dispose off different computer and electronic parts properly. We explore the importance and proper channels for it equipment disposal

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Importance of proper disposal of computers and electronic devices

First, it prevents water, soil and air pollution which is not only important in preserving the environment but also animal and human life. Improperly disposed computer hardware can pollute the soil and water sources making it harder to grow organic and safe food. Hazardous materials on the other hand pollute soil, water and air. These hazardous materials are harmful to the human body and prevent human beings from achieving the full potential.

Second, it ensures that exhaustible materials used in the manufacture of different computer parts can be recycled. This is important in ensuring that future generations have some reserves and it also prevents over exploration of the earth in search of these minerals. 

Third, proper disposal practices offer employment opportunities and sustenance for different people. The refurbishment and recycling industry, those who distribute these devices, collection centre agents and those who specialise in scrapping off data from these devices all benefit from their proper disposal.

Fourth, there are states that have incorporated proper e-waste disposal into their environmental laws and regulations. Non-compliance can attract hefty fines and penalties and may also result to jail time. It may also result in cancellation of operation permits for businesses. It is therefore important to familiarise with the laws and regulations in your state and work towards full compliance.

Proper disposal Practices

The first way to dispose off electronic equipment including computers is to sell those that are in good condition. This is especially advisable with devices that are less than five years old. The electronic equipment can be sold either to individuals or organisations. Alternatively, the computers can be donated to charitable organisations or individuals in need.

Different computer and electronic device manufacturers have incorporated trade in options in their operations policies such that you can return your old device and with a minor top up, get a newer and better version. The manufacturers have set up convenient locations where you can trade in your device with ease.

In the case that the computer or device is in bad shape and cannot be refurbished, it can be recycled. There are different recycling centres where these devices can be dropped off. However, for information security purposes you must ensure that the hard drives are professionally cleaned and ridden of any data. Organisations can arrange for pick up of large shipments of computers and electronic devices with the local or national recycling agencies.

Whether you are disposing off a few electronic items or a larger collection, you must map out the disposal process to ensure that you do not expose any personal information to unintended parties, put the environment at risk or get into trouble for illegal disposal of items.