With computer technology ever-evolving and competitive low prices, old (and often still working) computers are fast becoming the highest form of E-Waste the world over.
The danger in this is the improper disposal of your unwanted computers through landfills, allowing them to add to the constantly growing E-Waste statistics.
- 1.6 million computers were simply thrown out with the trash in 2006 with only 500,000 being recycled;
- 1.8 million were in storage and…
- 5.3 million were simply sitting unused gathering dust.
What the owners of those 1.6 million computers improperly disposed of were probably unaware of was the highly toxic composition of their PC and the threat it can pose when it becomes E-Waste, such as lead and mercury poisoning for humans and environmental damage.
This article will list some simple suggestions to ensure that your old computer does not end up doing more harm than good.
When purchasing new parts or an entirely new system, ask the retailer if they will accept your old technology for recycling. Companies such as Dell Computers offer recycling and donation programs
- Companies such as PC Disposals and Brisbane Computer Recyclers (both operating around Brisbane) offer the removal of old, outdated or simply broken computer equipment at a low cost
- Give your outdated technology to friends or family who might not be able to afford an upgrade
- Sell on eBay, gumtree, the Trading Post etc
- Donate working equipment to the less fortunate or local schools
The following website, http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticleAsOnePage.aspx?id=103807, also lists facilities Australia wide and state specific for the disposal of computer equipment which you simply cannot get rid of in any other way.
By following these quick, simple tips, it is easy to Ensure That Your Old Computer Does Not Become E-Waste and add to the growing E-Waste phenomenon in Australia and worldwide.