From tablets and cell phones to laptops and entire servers, electronics eventually degrade, become obsolete or fail entirely. However, they can’t be thrown out like any other waste to be deposited in a landfill or incinerated. Electronic waste, improperly handled, leaves a serious impact on the environment at local and global scales, and regulations are becoming increasingly strict on businesses that fail to account for this. If your business needs to get e-waste off-site in a responsible way, turn to one of the many electronic scrap Toronto services that can collect and recycle your waste.
What Can Be Recycled?
As more e-waste is produced in industries worldwide, the technology to recycle and reclaim deprecated IT equipment and supplies must advance to keep up. The upshot of this is that more materials and items classified as e-waste can be effectively recycled now. Local recycling services can accept most devices and peripherals, including but not limited to:
- Desktop and laptop computers
- Printers and printer cartridges
- Mobile devices
- Hard drives, solid state drives and other storage media
- Servers and networking equipment
- Electrical equipment such as wiring, lighting, cables and batteries
Some IT assets can be donated and reused instead of recycled, as well, if they’re still functional.
Benefits of Recycling E-Waste
Recycling e-waste allows valuable materials used in their manufacturing to be reclaimed, reducing demands on mining and production and getting more use out of what would otherwise be thrown away. Some of these materials—such as lithium, cobalt, certain plastics and heavy metals—can be hazardous to the environment if left to leach into the soil in a landfill or dispersed in the atmosphere following incineration, so reclaiming them has an additional benefit. Additionally, for storage devices, the recycling process ensures that any remnant data is destroyed, whether the device is disassembled or reused, to prevent the possibility of costly security leaks.