What is E-waste and why should we recycle?
Waste of material that is related to electronics, is also recognized as e-waste. E-waste is a typical term that refers to the products related to electronics that have gone to the end of their life, were useful in the past, but no longer are. They are electronic devices that have now become outmoded, out-of-date, wrecked, undesired and are no longer in use.
E-waste is one of the waste streams that is growing at fastest rate, particularly in the United States and New York. We need to take every proactive measure to reduce e-waste. Not only does E-waste pile into our landfills and destroy the fragile environment, but e-waste is such a lost potential to give someone an important electronic device that could positively effect their lives.
New York state consumers are required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment, etc., in an environmentally responsible manner.
“As of January 1, 2015, the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (Chapter 99 of the laws of 2010, codified as Title 26 of Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law) prohibits persons from disposing of electronic waste as solid waste in the State of New York. This act prohibits electronic waste from being placed or disposed of in any solid waste management facility, or being placed out for collection for disposal at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility in the state of New York. Therefore, the Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is amending its rules to clarify that it is a violation for any person to place electronic waste out for solid waste or recycling collection.”
Business entities have stricter and more detailed regulations to recycle e-waste and should do in depth research to comply with the Department of Environmental Conservation.
Tips to recycle your E-Waste.
We have some ideas that you can use to recycle your electronics waste in a better way:
- If you have an electronic device that that you are wanting to get rid of, first make sure if it is actually not working. If it is, think about giving your apparatus to a local charity around you, to any church, a school, or any non-profit organization instead of tossing it.
- If your electronics device has personal data on it, think about wiping it clean and putting it on a site like Ebay or Letgo.
- Refurbish and give away your electronics device to a friend or family member as a birthday gift.
- If the device as a whole is not functioning but you can salvage expensive parts, try to sell components to recoup your financial investment.
If you are sure that your equipment no longer has a life that could be useful, and does not have working capabilities, or just cannot be sold, take a few extra time to be sure you find a trustworthy recycling facility. ProTek Facilities in NYC is a company that offers e-waste removal in New York.
Recycling a Mobile Phone
If you are going to recycle a mobile phone, be sure about that you have reset the phone and have deleted all the personal information that your cell phone was contained on it. Also, make sure about that you have removed the sim card that you were using on the cell phone that you are going to recycle because your sim card is something that is the most personal thing ever that your mobile phone can have a Sim Card is something that contains all of your contacts on it.
If you are recycling your personal computer or laptop, which holds a hard drive that you were using before on that computer, make sure you backed up all of the files that you need.