E-Waste Disposal Tips
How to properly get rid of old electronics
Electronics today don’t last as long as they used to. This poses a problem when it’s time to upgrade your old devices. Not only is it detrimental to the environment to toss electronics out with the trash, it poses a security risk to you. Electronic devices leak toxins into the ground and release methane into the atmosphere, meaning they shouldn’t be sent to landfills. Additionally, certain devices collect your personal information as you use them, meaning they have to be scrubbed of your info before you get rid of them. Read on for a few more e-waste disposal tips.
- First, use caution. When you get rid of your old electronics, keep in mind that certain items have hard drives storing sensitive personal data. Information like passwords, medical and financial info, and photos can be accessed if your hard drive is not properly destroyed. Use special caution when giving away or disposing of devices like phones, computers, and tablets.
- Make a donation. Your electronics might be old and outdated to you, but they could be appreciated by someone less fortunate. Consider giving your unwanted (but still functioning) electronics to non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, shelters, Purple Heart, or other worthy causes. Certain items can be refurbished for someone new to use.
- Locate a recycling facility. There are a few options for having your old items recycled. First, check with the manufacturer or the store that sold it to you to inquire about recycling programs. You can also check with your local municipality to ask about e-waste recycling events for the community.
- Contact a professional trash hauler. A trustworthy company like JDog Junk Removal & Hauling can haul away your unwanted items and ensure they are taken to be responsibly recycled. The JDog Junk Removal & Hauling team is here to help with all of your electronics and trash disposal needs. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a pickup.