Equipment recycling may seem like a hassle to those who are trying to remove old or outdated equipment from homes and/or offices. The thing to keep in mind when it seems to be more of a hassle than a benefit is that it really does make a difference in the world. If not today, then definitely the worlds of our children and their children.
So, what are some of the common equipment that requires special equipment recycling? Computers, monitors, cell phones, televisions, video equipment, ink cartridges, and radio equipment just to name a few. Each of these items poses a specific environmental threat and needs special care when disposing of to insure that soil and water in the surrounding area isn’t contaminated in the process.
Of course, hazardous materials are not the only concern when disposing of these materials. It is also a good idea to keep in mind the fact that reducing the amount of waste littering our landfills needs to be a primary concern as well as reusing as much equipment and materials as possible in an effort to extend our resources while also consuming less energy and emitting fewer greenhouse gas emissions in the production of the raw materials needed to create new products. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are words to live by today more than ever before.
When you select an equipment recycling company to work with you will want to make every effort to insure that they practice ethical recycling practices and do not simply ship products to third world countries and make it their problem to deal with. This way may be less expensive but it completely erases the potential good that can come of positive equipment recycling.
You should ask questions of the company you are trusting to recycle your old and outdated equipment. Make sure that they are doing their best to protect your privacy, to reduce the total amount of waste from your computer, and to reuse the equipment that can be salvaged.
Another surprise means of equipment recycling is your local Freecycle program. You will be amazed at how one man’s castoff can really be another man’s treasure. Even if your used equipment no longer works, it is possible that someone else can use it for parts, for practice (especially those interested in careers in repairing old equipment), or to repair and resale.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to do your part in an effort to save the planet. When you have equipment that needs to be recycled consider ethical means of equipment recycling and nothing less.