Do you have a pile of old electronics sitting in the closet? A drawer full? Maybe you’ve even devoted a small room of your home to outdated electronics?

Congratulations: You’re the proud owner of a tech graveyard!

Take a peek in the dusty corner of your workplace, and you might find one there as well.

It’s a common enough problem, and it’s definitely preferable to that outdated technology ending up in a landfill–but not not much better.

See the consequences of e-waste in landfills

So why is the problem of tech graveyards so widespread? Why don’t we just get rid of devices as they cease to be useful?

Simple: we often don’t know what else to do with e-waste–so we just hang onto it.

Tech Graveyards: Showcasing What We Don’t Know About e-Waste

If you’re hoarding old flip phones and low-capacity hard drives from 10 years ago, you’re probably not planning to ever use them again. So why do you continue hanging onto them? For most people, it comes down to feeling stuck with the technology. We all know that e-waste is hazardous if it’s simply thrown away, but most people also don’t know where to go to recycle outdated equipment. So it just sits there, piling up in tech graveyards in homes around the world. But recycling tech is so important! Electronic Recyclers show just how much value you could be contributing to the environment and community by recycling:

“E-waste has tons of precious metals like gold, copper, silver and palladium, dozens to thousands of pounds of it, in fact, per every 1 million cell phones
Further, according to the EPA, recycling 1 million laptops saves enough electricity to power 3,657 U.S. homes in a year. According to the EPA, “One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the U.S.” That’s a lot of waste that can be diverted out of the electronics production process.”
Now those are numbers worth recycling for.

We’ve written before about why consumers don’t often recycle e-waste, and a lack of resources is a major reason that a lot of e-waste is wasting away in homes and offices everywhere. Retailers like Best Buy do their part by offering take-back programs, but the availability of safe e-waste disposal needs to increase for consumers to clear out their drawers promptly.

The good news? Some communities are starting to change that, making e-waste recycling a priority by offering convenient and simple solutions for disposal, like curbside pickup. Until that service reaches households around the country, however, we need to use other services, like takeback programs.

Take a look at how communities in the United States are tackling the e-waste problem
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Companies Have Added Responsibilities

Unlike the average consumer, companies have lots of excess tech that gets cycled through regularly. Rather than using takeback programs, companies have a responsibility to work with a recycler to safely dispose of outdated technology instead. Why?

  • The amount of e-waste produced is larger
  • Data security is of utmost importance
  • Stricter laws and regulations apply

Fortunately, a reputable IT asset disposition (ITAD) provider can handle everything from pickup to data destruction to final recycling for businesses. It’s important for companies to take e-waste seriously, and partner with a quality ITAD company to make sure old electronics are disposed of properly.

Learn more about IT asset disposition

Clean Your Closet, Clear Your Mind

If you’ve got a tech graveyard in your home or workplace, cleaning it out can give you peace of mind. Here are some of the benefits of recycling your old electronics:

  • Data security: You’ll remove the possibility of potential data leaks
  • Clutter: You’ll clear out space in your home or office
  • Social Contributions: You’ll help be part of the solution to the global e-waste crisis
  • Eco-Friendly: You’ll contribute recycled material to making new electronic devices and prevent e-waste in landfills

Tech graveyards come in all sizes and types. What does yours look like, and how will you clear it out?

Author Bio:

Susannah Bruck ProfileSusannah Bruck is a freelance blogger, editor, and ghostwriter. She has been putting her skills to use for clients since 2010, and enjoys working on formats ranging from blog posts to short stories and plays. You can find her at Word Adventures 

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Electronic Recyclers

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