With Australians disposing of 100,000 tonnes of e-waste (constituted of computers, computer-related equipment and televisions) every year, huge amounts of valuable recyclable materials are lost. The 95% recyclability of e-waste ensures valuable elements such as gold and platinum are reused, in addition to recyclable components like plastic, lead and glass.
The world is receiving digital entertainment and communication with open arms, which is an excellent way for us to efficiently use the resources we have. Instead of needing to buy DVD boxsets (which can admittedly look impressive lined up on a bookshelf) we stream our television episodes on platforms like Netflix and Stan.
The problem in this instance is what to do with all of the superseded technology that we already have. Termed electronic waste, or e-waste, this kind of rubbish is an issue that is becoming more of a problem as technology increases. CRT monitors and televisions are the bulky ancestors to the effortlessly slim OLED TVs that we have access to today, which poses a rather large problem of getting rid of all of our old, bulky, outdated technology.
How do we go about recycling what we have?
Global trade has in part relied on the exporting of second-hand electronic goods to developing nations. Although the reuse of these electronic items initially seems beneficial, what results is usually the opposite. These third world countries more often than not become dumping grounds for outdated technology, and disposal of electronic goods occurs via highly inefficient and poorly controlled means such as burning.
With CPUs containing highly poisonous elements like lead, cadmium and beryllium, burning computer components and similar tech components directly results in damage to unaware humans as well as the environment. The loss of valuable components is also an avoidable aspect of this burning.
Our technology-centric society is becoming increasingly reliant on disposable technology. With this disposable technology is the need for awareness: when you replace your outdated GPU, television, or mobile phone, properly recycling the components will go a long way.
Do your bit for the environment
Toxfree provides an ethical e-waste recycling service that can make sure that your outdated technology gets recycled and not placed in landfill. The recycling process also ensures that your private information is unable to be retrieved, so that your information security is always completely retained. Additionally, Toxfree through the use of Blubox recycling technology, can safely recycle the mercury found in next generation e-waste (like LCD TVs etc.) Make sure to look at our brochure for more information.