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A guide to recycling or repurposing your old electronics

Posted on Monday, July 26th, 2021

It’s no hidden fact that we are constantly glued to our devices – laptops, tablets, TV’s and most of all – our phones. It is estimated that in 2021, around 1.5 billion mobile phones will be shipped. That averages out to be 1 for every 5 people.

Unless they are traded in for a new device, each of those devices will eventually run their lifespan and become electronic waste. The most recent figures from the ABS show that the Australian economy generated 465,818 tonnes of e-waste in 2016-2017 with 253,507 tonnes (54.4%) ending up in landfill. 

Electronics can contain toxic substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium which must be disposed of carefully. Many of the materials used in making these products can be recovered and reused, including plastics, glass, metals and aluminum. No matter what, make sure you completely erase all your personal info off your devices. Here’s a few steps on how to safely recycle your electronics. 

Donate it:

If your used device still works, or even if it doesn’t – there are charities and nonprofits out there that would be happy to take it off your hands. You can check with local organizations, charities and recreation centers. 

Recycle it:

Many phone shops offer recycling programs for used or broken phones. Alternatively, If you’re looking to upgrade your phone, you can look at trading in your old device  and using a credit towards getting a new one.

Repair it:

With devices being inexpensive and so easy to upgrade, with new things releasing every day we often don’t think about repairs. Lot’s of things can be repaired, you can search for local repair shops in your areas and help out a small business.

Repurpose it:

There’s definitely money to be made by selling devices that aren’t so old on sites like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. If you have family or friends who love to repurpose old gadgets to create something new, it might be worth donating those older devices to them for an upcoming project.

Depending on what you choose to do with your old devices, whether you donate, recycle or repurpose. Safely disposing of your electronic waste is very important. For most other types of waste, make sure to get in touch and order the best skip bins in Fremantle. If you have any questions, contact us! The most affordable skip bins Fremantle!