Published April 24, 2015
Tired of staring at your old, dusty laptop? It’s time to think about spring cleaning and recycling your old devices. But don’t just throw it in the garbage: you’ll want to clean off your personal information and find a recycling center.
As people try to stay up to date with the latest technology, the life cycle of electronics are diminishing, leaving old electronics often hidden in drawers or thrown away.
According to the Environmental Leader, putting devices out with general trash is contributing to a predicted rise in global volume of e-waste from 41.8 million tons in 2014 to 93.5 million tons in 2016. The materials used to build many devices contain toxins and chemicals that when are improperly incinerated, release dangerous environmental pollutants into our atmosphere.
The Environmental Protection Agency encourages e-cycling in order to reuse valuable materials, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.
So, what should you do in order to e-cycle your device?
1. Prevent identity theft by using the free software, DBAN, to ensure all sensitive information is erased from all disk drives.
To learn more about how you can make an impact and be more sustainable, visit http://www.buffalo.edu/recycling.