E-Waste Is Harmful to the Environment

February 19, 2019

Here Is How You Can Join the Fight Against It

The last few years have seen may rapid advances in cell phone technology.  Phone companies pile on newer models like they’re going out of style!  Keeping up with new models means you will have to dispense of your older cell phones.  But getting rid of old cell phones isn’t so easy. When you throw away your devices in the trash, you’re unwittingly contributing to e-waste.  Defined by CalRecycle as “consumer and business electronic equipment that is near or at the end of its useful life,” electronic waste is harmful to the environment and to your pocket.  So how can you join the fight against e-waste?

CalRecycle recommends the following to cut back on e-waste: reduce, reuse, and recycle.  

 

Here Is How You Can Do Your Part to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

 

Reduce

The best way to reduce your share of e-waste is through prolonging the life of your devices.  Buying good quality electronics and maintaining them are key to reduced use.  So the next time your smartphone starts acting up, instead of getting a new one, you may want to look at repairing it.

 

So how can we help you repair your smartphone and reduce your share of e-waste?  If your smartphone is suffering from wear and tear, has some damage, or simply needs a new battery, we can help by performing screen repairs, camera repair, water damage repairs, battery replacement, among other repairs to prolong your phone’s life.

 

Reuse

Often times, we replace a perfectly-functioning cell phone with a newer model to keep up with advancing technology.  While the convenient thing to do is to keep your old phone in the back of some drawer (like this writer used to do), donating or selling your old cell phone are smart ways to cut back on e-waste.  By reusing your old devices, you’re both decreasing the need for production of new cellphones and reducing the number of disposed electronics.  In other words, selling your old phone keeps both the environment and your pockets happy!  

 

Selling your old smartphone can be a hassle.  Here is a quick, easy way to do it. Selling your old iPhone, Samsung, or any other smartphone to Swift Tech Buy is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Click here and be on your way to getting paid for that smartphone you no longer use.  

 

Recycle

What if your old cellphone is not usable?  You still should not discard it in the trash.  For one, minerals used in the production of electronics can contaminate the environment.  Secondly, those minerals can be extracted for reuse.  The responsible thing to do is to recycle your old electronics.  Find out if your city has an e-waste recycling site and drop off your old electronics there. You can also look at your manufacturer’s website to see if they have a recycling program for old devices.

 

While you may think that your one cell phone makes no difference, remember that there are millions of electronics owners who only have one or two items to dispose of at a time.  So even though that one device may seem trivial, when combined with the millions of users around the world, your single contribution of reducing, reusing, or recycling goes a long way in the fight against e-waste.

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