Resell, Refurbish or Recycle your Electronic Waste?

by Ewaste on October 4, 2012

Whatever your reasons for getting rid of old electronic goods, finding the right way to get rid of it can be tricky. You might be upgrading your old analogue television, or you might just want to get rid of a few things that you’ve found lying around the house. You may feel an obligation to recycle; you might just want to get rid of an old fridge in the easiest way possible. Whatever you need to get rid of, you have several options available…

Reselling your old, but still working, analogue televisions…

Electronic equipment can be expensive, so when you make that type of investment there’s always a hope that you’ll get a small amount of money back when you decide to upgrade. If an item is still in perfect working condition, it can be possible to resell, either online or by placing an ad in a local paper. The benefits of reselling your ewaste is clear – you’re prolonging their lifespan and keeping it out of landfill, you’re getting the item out of your hair and you’re hopefully making a little bit of money on the side.

However, selling your ewaste might prove more difficult than first thought. With such constantly evolving technology in today’s society, more and more people are upgrading their electronic goods regularly. This means that you might struggle to find someone that wants to take on your outdated technology, especially in an age where old analogue televisions are becoming obsolete.

There can also be security worries when selling items with memories; when we use online facilities such as banking, utilities, even Facebook, all of our personal information is stored somewhere on our hard drives. Before selling, you need to ensure that you have all hard drives and memory cards wiped by a computer expert, as merely deleting the data is not enough.

Refurbishing a broken laptop…

Sometimes all it takes to restore expensive electronic items back to working order takes just a little work and some technical computer knowledge. Many companies offer to take your ewaste off your hands – some for free, some pay you a small amount – and promise to restore and resell your broken ewaste. Some companies will donate them to charities, others will resell them for a profit, either way refurbishing is another good way of prolonging the life span of electronic waste and prevent it going into landfill.

Refurbishing, however, poses similar security issues as selling your electronic waste does – only this time you’re giving it to companies that have technical computer knowledge and would know exactly how to retrieve any information stored. And whilst, you’re electronic waste might not be going directly to landfill, there’s no guarantee that it won’t end up there. There’s also a chance that when companies pay you for your electronic waste, they are illegally exporting your ewaste overseas to developing countries.

Recycle your broken computers and working televisions the 1800Ewaste way.

At 1800Ewaste, we are dedicated to prolonging the life span of valuable materials through recycling as much electronic waste as possible. We currently divert 95-98% of all ewaste that we collect from landfill, meaning that we are saving renewable resources such as glass, plastics, aluminium, copper and brass from being wasted in landfill. It also means that the hazardous materials found in electronic waste, such as lead, cadmium and mercury are being disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, instead of polluting our water and soil streams.

Our recycling process breaks down all types of ewaste into pieces tiny pieces, physically destroying hard drives and memory cards so that all data is irretrievable. We can supply Certificates of Destruction and Recycling for those that are concerned about this and would like confirmation. Our service also includes the collection of your ewaste from your home or office, so there’ll be no lugging your large items down to the tip.

Recycling your electronic waste is the only way you can be certain that your ewaste won’t end up in landfill and that your data is destroyed. At 1800Ewaste, our service is simple, fast and environmentally sound. All of your Ewaste is destroyed within Australia in ISO14001 approved refineries. So, call us today on 1800 392 783 for your obligation free quote.

Originally posted 2010-11-04 08:52:29.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alezzio December 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

This is a fantastic initiative that needs to get promoted. It’s quite weird that the government hasn’t already stepped this up and put together some grand marketing campaign because, to be honest, I run out of fingers thinking of all the friends I have that could do with recycling their e-waste rather than just leaving it molling around the house.

Andrew Coetzee December 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I have 2 perfectly good working analogue tv’s (27″) with remotes – please confirm whether you purchase second-hand analogue tv”s?

Ewaste February 10, 2011 at 3:24 am

Hi Andrew,
We don’t purchase ewaste and there is a charge associated with collecting and recycling electronic waste. Please feel free to give our office a call on 1800 392 783 (Freetoll) and they can give you an obligation free quote over the phone.
Thanks for your enquiry and we look forward to hearing from you.

Ewaste February 10, 2011 at 3:32 am

Thanks for your support Alezzio. Electronic waste has fast become the biggest and most problematic waste stream in the world so we’re hoping the government enforce some sort of legislation soon. But in the mean time, keep spreading the word about 1800Ewaste :)

Aileen February 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I live in the Lismore NSW area. Is there anywhere here to recycle EWASTE. I have 2 printers taking up space that I need to get rid of.

Ewaste March 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

Hi Aileen,
Thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately we don’t service that area at the moment. We are always trying to expand our service areas, but in the mean time why not try your local council?

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