Technology is not built to last, in most cases, upgrading your technology usually stems from having problems with older more outdated equipment. This usually leads most businesses and homes to have a designated area where older technology is currently gathering dust.
So what should you do with old technology? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Do NOT Throw Tech in The Trash
Unwanted technology should never be thrown away. Once a business’s technology is too far gone it is considered e-waste. E-waste is a term for old technology, so it is fine in a home or office setting. E-waste becomes harmful when it is thrown away improperly. Tons of e-waste is shipped overseas where it is dumped and burned, which then releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Consider this before tossing your old tech:
- It Could Be Illegal: States such as California, have laws against throwing away electronics and computers in a landfill.
- E-waste Contains Hazardous Materials: Most technology is built with heavy metals & toxic materials, including mercury, lead, and carcinogenic chemicals. It is important to dispose of technology correctly to prevent harm to the environment.
- E-waste Is Still Valuable: Recoverable materials such as copper, aluminum, gold, silver, plastic and ferrous metals all hold value. Conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronics by finding a new option to dispose or utilize your old electronics.
Consider Donating Your Technology
More than likely, your businesses technology could be useful to someone your community. Organizations must wipe technology to industry regulation before donating. Research organizations that will take older electronics and refurbish them back into use. Here at CompuOne, we donate our old IT to an organization who will either refurbish it for children in San Diego or recycle it as e-waste.
Recycle Your Obsolete IT Assets
Recycling e-waste is not only an environmentally friendly option but is also considered privacy protector. Old technology, such as servers, must be wiped to industry and regulation standards before being recycled.
When recycling e-waste it is important to use certified recyclers. Certified e-waste recyclers break down every piece of technology and gather recoverable materials which then will be put back into use.
CompuOne is committed to the donating and recycling technology. For more information on how to recycle your unused electronics, contact us.