5 Tips for Recycling Your Electronics in 2017

By Jackson James - 2016-12-15

Your New Year's resolution is to start recycling all of your computers, tablets and rotary phones. Although it is far more likely to happen than taking advantage of your gym membership for the entire year, recycling your electronics can be a lot easier said than done because we just have so much equipment in our home.

Of course, at the same time, you have to perform a lot of functions to ensure privacy.

We consume a lot of electronics. The average Western consumer purchases a brand new smartphone every 18 months, while more than 100,000 computers are tossed in the trash each day. But the most damning statistic is this: only a tepid 13 percent of our e-waste is properly recycled and disposed.

If your 2017 resolution of recycling your electronics is indeed genuine then you must be equipped with the knowledge to perform the act the best and securest way you can next year.

Here are five tips for recycling your electronics in 2017:

1. Taking a Peek at Your Hard Drive

The very first thing that you must do when you are deciding to recycle your electronics is to take a peek inside your hard drive. You have to turn on your computer and start scanning the hard drive to find important and sensitive documents. The best thing you can do is to either transfer all of this data to a separate hard drive or erase all of the files – you can perform a clean sweep.

The best way to have your data stolen is to leave your data on the hard drive.

2. Can Your Computer be Reused?

Once you have fiddled around with the computer, you have to ask yourself: can this computer be reused? If it is a 2009 model from Dell or Apple and it is still functional after you conduct a clean sweep of the entire hard drive then you can certainly consider donating it to a local non-profit organization, a local library or a school that is seeking computers.

Just because it is old it doesn't mean that the computer is useless. Somebody else can put it to good use, even if you believe that you can't with your brand new 2016 computer or laptop.

3. Selecting the Best Recycling Firm

Unfortunately, you can't just dump your computer in the blue bin and wait for the trashman to come pick it up. If you really want to recycle your computers properly then you must take them to a nearby recycling firm.

You should definitely do your due diligence and necessary research to locate the best companies in this area and where the equipment eventually ends up. For more information about recycling your computer, visit RecycleYourElectronics.ca for additional insights.

4. Maintain a List of What You Recycled

If you're like a lot of people then you probably have an entire closet of computers, laptops, e-readers, smartphones, tablets, IBM typewriters, rotary phones and fax machines.

As you take each piece of equipment out of the closet, you should make a list of all of the stuff that you have and what you are going to recycle. This is something great to have in your records for future reference; perhaps you have a certain device that is a collector's item. The University of Buffalo has prepared the ultimate list of what can and what cannot be recycled.

5. New Equipment Should be Sent to Refurbisher

Is your computer just a year old and virtually new? This is simple then: send it to a refurbisher.

A refurbisher will take care of your computer, clean it up both inside and outside and ensure that new software can be installed on the computer. Indeed, the refurbisher will make sure someone else can take full advantage of this computer, and at a cheaper price.

Let's be honest: we all do a terrible job when it comes to recycling our e-waste. We're all at fault.

As we welcome in a brand new year, we can rectify our bad behaviour and properly recycle our computers and laptops, smartphones and flip phones. It isn't hard: scan your data, wipe the hard drive, find a recycler or a refurbisher and recycle the electronics.

That's all you have to do in 2017.

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