E-waste is regarded by the UN as the world's fastest-growing domestic and commercial waste stream. It can include anything from your phone, laptop, kettle and even your fridge.
Only 20% of global e-waste is formally recycled, with the remaining 80% being incinerated or dumped in landfill, producing potentially disastrous consequences for the environment.
Most electronic devices contain toxic and harmful materials such as mercury and lead. When these are incorrectly disposed, they can pollute the air and soil, and seep into water sources.
Read our tips below for methods on clearing out your old gadgets, allowing you to protect the environment while simultaneously decluttering your home.
1. Make Some Cash!
Selling your old items is a great way to get rid of unwanted gadgets.
It’s more environmentally sustainable if items are reused. The second hand economy is super eco-friendly, so rather than adding to landfill, it's best to reuse belongings as much as possible. Not only will you make a bit of cash, but the purchaser will also feel that they got a bargain over buying new.
Just remember, do make sure any personal information is completely removed before you sell anything.
Donating unwanted electronics will not only help the environment, but you will also be helping out someone who may be in need.
If your item is usable (and you've wiped your personal data), then why not bring it down to a local charity shop? Most are able to accept electronics.
Find our more about WeeeCharity here.
3. Recycling Centres.
If your electronics are completely unusable and you just to want to dispose of them quickly, bringing them to a recycling centre is the best option.
Find your closest recycling centres here.
4. Megamac: Zero Waste.
If your laptop is running a bit slower than usual and you're considering completely replacing it, why not think about enhancing your current device with our selection of upgrades instead?
At Megamac, Zero Waste is a key part of our ethos. We believe that a good relationship with technology comes from enhancing and adding value to products, rather than throwing them away.
Check out our range of products here.