In some way, shape or form computers have become central to almost everything we do. Most agree that technological advancement will not, and should not, be slowed, however, we do need to consider the enormous pile of computer waste we’re generating in the wake of this rapid advancement.
According to the Environment Protection and Heritage Council, 15.7 million computers reached ‘end-of-life’ in Australia in 2007/2008, of this 15.7 million, only 1.5million were recycled, that’s less than 10%. The question is…. what happened to the other 14.2 million computers? Hopefully some are being stored awaiting proper disposal but the sad reality is the vast majority have more than likely ended up in landfill, where their toxic components such as mercury and lead, are left to leach into the surrounding environment and groundwater.
The WRONG way to dispose of computers.
Due to a massive lack of awareness about the hazardous toxins in computers many people simply throw their old computer out with their household rubbish, which of course means it will inevitably end up in landfill. This is the WRONG way to dispose of computers.
This in fact just transports the electronic waste issue to communities that cannot afford, or simply do not have the means, to dispose of the computers properly. Tragically this results in many men, women and children being exposed to harmful toxins. A recent report titled Exporting Harm: The Techno-Trashing of Asia revealed that the Guiyu region in China is now so polluted from electronic waste that they have to truck drinking water in from 30km away.
So what is the RIGHT way to dispose of your computer waste?
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.
There are three easy ways to cut down your waste that can make a big difference to the amount that ends up in landfill. These are known as the ‘Three Rs’—reduce, re-use and recycle.
By thinking about what you really need and refusing what you don’t, giving items more than one life and disposing of rubbish thoughtfully, you can reduce waste and save money.
- Save water and energy by re-using products.
- Help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
- Get a return on investment (ROI) for your working equipment (conditions apply).
How to get your old computer collected
The Computer Market is one of Australia’s leading remarketers of IT equipment. We’re passionate about diverting as much electronic equipment from landfill as possible. Our service is professional, fast and reliable, we’ll come to you, collect your e-waste and deliver it to the appropriate recycling facility. TCM only recycles with accredited Australian recycling facilities.
If you’re interested in having your superfluous, redundant or financed IT assessed and collected please give us a call today.
1300 888 448