A Guide to Eco-friendly Computer recycling Avenues
So you are surfing internet for finding some feasible ways to dispose of your old and used PC? Have you given a thought to eco-friendly ways of computer recycling? If not, here’s a small tidbit of information for you. As per the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment guidelines, eco-friendly disposal of used PCs and other electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones comes mandatory. So what can you do for disposing of your computers in the WEEE compliant ways? But before that, let’s get to know why you should recycle your computers in an eco-friendly manner?
The call of the hour
Mephitic chemicals, heavy metals and carcinogens are the prime constituents of computers and other electronic devises. When these components are contaminated with soil and groundwater, the toxic chemicals sully the crops we eat and the water we intake every day in various forms. It adds to the environmental pollution. There was a time when these materials used to be exported to China, India and other Asian and African countries. But after that, it was declared as an ‘illegal’ practice. On today’s date, the business owners in the United Kingdom need to clear out their used PCs, mobile phones and other IT equipments in green methods only. Here is the road map towards green computer disposal.
- Ask the manufacturer: Many computer and mobile phone manufacturers offer comprehensive recycle programs. These programs are designed in a way so that any general customer can bring his phone or computer to his nearest touch point and the manufacturer would take care of the rest. Check with your computer manufacturer first to see whether they run a similar kind of program.
- Check Best Buy: Best Buy is a wholesaler and retailer of computers and other gadgets who accept used mobile phones, computers and DVD players from end customers. Customers are permitted to donate maximum two items per day per house. Best Buy simply collects all these used materials and then repair and revamp as required. You can take their computer recycling services and donate your used computers easily.
- EBay: EBay also has a far-sighted Rethink venture. You will get ample information on safe IT recycling, green computing practices and other tips and tweaks on safe IT disposal. You can check their website for more suggestions and other guidelines.
- Other independent recyclers: There are quite a few recyclers in the UK who offer free doorstep collection of IT equipments and offer 100% safe and green computer disposal solutions to the household and business users of IT equipments. You can call any of these companies to get your computer recycled in an eco-friendly manner.
A conscious and conscientious nation
There was a time when the UK users of electronic and electrical items were least bothered about green computing practices and used to dispose of these materials with municipal waste. But now the time has changed. The whole of the United Kingdom is fast responding to the call of the hour. Business owners are now not just getting rid of their used computers, they are thinking beyond that. They are even assessing whether a company’s computer recycling solutions are greener and better than the other or not. Some of them are also taking initiatives for making their employees more conscious about the ill effects of improper IT recycling. A conscientious effort always ends in good results.
What do you think? Are you joining the movement?