Technology has provided us with electronic products that make everyday life easier and more convenient. Through the years, these electronic products have become affordable to more people. Manufacturers were encouraged to produce better versions of the devices more often.
While these high-tech products have solved a lot of problems, they also increased the amount of electronic waste or e-waste that becomes a job for rubbish removal in Sydney.
E-Wastes are electronic devices that are not in use. They are just occupying space in many homes and landfills. Most are no longer functioning but some are just older models that are set aside because the owner is using a newer model
E-waste includes the following:
- Televisions, tuners, DVD players and other entertainment electronic devices
- Refrigerators, microwaves, washing machines, vacuum cleaner and other household appliances.
- Lighting devices like desk lamps
- Computers, telephones, printers, mobile phones and other information, communications and office equipment.
- Circular saws, drills, electric trimmers and other portable power tools
- Fitness machines, remote controlled toys and other sports and leisure devices.
Proper E-waste Handling
Improper e-waste rubbish removal in Sydney can cause serious health and environmental problems. Most e-waste contains toxic chemicals and heavy metals that can leach into the soil in landfills as well as pollute the air and bodies of water.
If you have e-waste, make sure to observe the following:
- Don’t throw in the trash bin
Even small items like batteries and telephones should not go in the trash. They may contain arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxic substances that can harm human health and the environment.
Most e-waste also contains gold, copper, silver, platinum and other precious metals. Putting them in the landfill is throwing away the chance to recover the precious metals for future use. The recovery of valuable metals reduces the need to mine which also destroys the environment.
- Find another user or donate
If you have electronic devices that you don’t use anymore although they still work, try to find another potential user. If there’s no one interested among your friends, family members and other people you know, give them to non-profit organisations such as Oz Recycle.
OzRecycle is an online community where some people can get items that are no longer needed by their owners. By giving away your unused electronic devices, you make someone else happy and you reduce the amount you pay for rubbish removal in Sydney.
E-waste that can’t be donated or reused should be recycled. You should find an electronics recycling company that accepts your e-waste. Not all recycling companies can process all kinds of e-waste. The recovery of valuable materials through recycling also saves natural resources and energy as well as reduce greenhouse emissions.
By reusing/ donating and recycling your e-waste, you significantly reduce the volume of waste in landfills, make the recovery of valuable metals possible, prevent environmental pollution and the spread of health hazards.
If you need help in properly managing your electronic waste, AUS Rubbish Removals can help you. Contact us today.