What is E-Waste & How do I get Rid of It?
Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Because technology advances at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after a few short years of use.
We at Dumpster Rental Inc believe in a greener environment and want to help in whatever way we can. Here are a few ways you can get rid of your unwanted e-waste.
Before disposing of your electronics, it’s very important you remove all personal and confidential information from your devices. Simply deleting files will not remove them from your device, however there are free data destruction softwares you may find online. If you’re unable to do this on your own, you may find a retailer who offers data destruction services. Check with the manufacturer on how to clean their specific devices. If you are searching for a collector or recycler, make sure to ask them their protocol on data security.
Donate for reuse if possible.
If donation is possible, do so! Old cell phones that are out of date can be refurbished and re-sold. Take your old phones to your cell phone provider and see what they have to offer. Donations to reputable reuse organization’s will usually only take devices if they’re fully functional.
If your device is outdated or broken and you can not donate it, then recycling is your best bet. To find a recycler who is reputable check to see if you’re near an e-Steward Recycling center. You can be find a e-Steward center at here. If you don’t have one near you just do a quick google search for reputable e-waste recycling centers near you.
If there is no e-Steward near you, then you may want to use the manufacturer’s take back program, although many don’t provide much disclosure about responsible recycling. Many of the electronics companies have voluntary take back programs, where they will recycle your old products for free. Some offer trade-in value or money back for your products.
Still Can’t Find A Convenient Location? Try these retailers
Staples takes back many electronics products for free recycling, thanks to their partnership with HP. They don’t take TVs or stereo equipment. One customer can drop off a maximum of 6 products per day.
Takes back electronics at every Best Buy store, including TVs (up to 32 inches). This does not include household appliances.
We hope you’ve found this information helpful! For more information on getting rid of e-waste properly, or for any dumpster rental questions feel free to call us at Dumpster Rental Inc!