Don’t Bin it, Recycle it!

Don’t Bin it, Recycle it!

By Barry Donnelly

According to the Electronic Products Recycling Association( over 80% of Canadians, who took part in a poll, indicated that they have at least one end-of-life electronics device not in use at home.

It is vital that end-of-life and unwanted electronics do not end up in a landfill. We all have a part to play to ensure that these electronics (computers, TV’s, cell phones, monitors etc) do not end up in a landfill. These electronics are made with a number of heavy metals and synthetic materials which do not break down safely in a landfill environment.

That is why it is important to understand the different options that are available to you when you want to dispose of your old electronic devices.

Recycling Fact:
Through its many programs, the EPRA keeps 100,000 metric tonnes of old electronics out of landfill each year. That’s the equivalent of 20,000 Elephants.

Upcycle or Reuse It!
Upcycling is defined as a way to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a new products or materials of better quality or for better environmental value.

Some examples of Upcycling that I have come across is using an old computer monitor as a fish tank, use an old cell phone as an emergency only device, make jewelry from old computer parts (check out if you don’t believe me).

Gift It!
You could ask family or friends if they have a need for a particular device that you do not need anymore.

Sell It!
There are numerous websites and apps available that you can post on to try to sell your old equipment. However, this can lead to some headaches when trying to arrange to meet up with a person who wants to buy your device. Maybe check the website first for similar products and see if it is worthwhile listing your device before going through the process.

If you decide to make the decision to upgrade your computer or iPad call into one of our store locations and our staff will be happy to provide you with a trade-in quote. It’s somewhat easier and plus you can use the amount towards a new computer.

Don’t worry if you cannot make it into store – click here to get a quote.

Donate It!
Another good option is to see if any local charities could find a good use for them.

Recycle It!
If all of the above is not possible, ensure you properly dispose of your e-waste. You can dispose any of your unwanted computers, cell phones, monitors, laptop batteries at any of our store locations. You can also check to see where your closest EPRA Drop-Off Centre is by clicking here.