Electronic parts are the elements of a circuit that aid in its functioning. They are classified into two types, active and passive components. Active components possess gain, and they give the circuit energy. Whereas passive components do not possess gain, and cannot continuously give energy to the circuit. They cannot energize or amplify the energy of the signal associated with them, they only reduce it. Active components, however, can energize and amplify the signal.
Electronic waste is commonly known as e-waste or e-scrap. It is the trash generated from excess, broken, and out of date electronic devices. Any item with a cord, battery, or plug that no longer works is considered e-waste. Be it your laptop, phone, toaster, fridge, radio, or electric lawnmower. Electronics contain different hazardous and toxic chemicals, which are released to the environment when not properly disposed of. E-waste recycling is the process of recovering materials from old devices and using them in new products.
Below are some of the proper ways to reuse and recycle electronic parts.
Take Them To A Recycler
Find a certified recycler around you and take the electronic devices you want to get rid of to them. Check and ensure that they recycle e-waste responsibly and safely. Before taking your phone or computer to a recycler, ensure you format all your data on it. Take off the battery before getting rid of them.
There are a lot of local communities and nonprofit organizations, offering options to help you recycle your old electronics. Many towns and cities sponsor collection days for electronics. There are various options for recycling electronics and you can learn how it works by consulting organizations that deal with e-waste recycling.
Take Them To A Tech Firm
You can give back your electronics to the company you got them from or leave them at a drop off point. There are phone companies that offer programs whereby you can trade-in your old device for a new one at a discounted price. For instance, if there’s a new phone model release, you can take in your old phone, pay some extra money and get a new model.
Some tech firms offer gift cards when you take in your cell phone. They have a refurbished phones, laptops, and tablets program, so you can always check in to inquire about how it works.
Some recycling companies have also set up drop off points and drop off initiatives. These are for products like tablets and cell phones which are recycled after you drop them off. You can also inquire from your local electronics components store about drop off locations.
If you no longer need your old devices, you can always donate them. If it is not useful to you it can be useful to someone else, maybe a student or an NGO. There are various businesses and organizations which offer electronic donation programs that you can choose from. These organizations often give these devices to the needy who cannot afford them but can make good use of them.
Remember to check that your computer no longer has your personal information. Even if your device is not working, you can still donate it. A charity or nonprofit program would gladly take it off your hands. Some of these programs usually recycle the items, supporting a variety of good causes, or refurbish and resell them. You can also check your local recreational and senior centers to see if they would be interested. The perks of donating being that, when you get a receipt you can deduct your donation on the following year’s tax return.
You can always sell off your device especially if it’s in great condition. If it still works, sell it, instead of letting it lie around the house. There are various options when it comes to selling off electronic gadgets that you no longer use. There are various online platforms where you can list the products you want to sell and have buyers contact you.
Alternatively, you could hold a garage sale for these products. This will not only help you get rid of the products you do not use, but it will help you earn some extra cash. An electronic components store may also be willing to buy some of your devices because they can reuse some of their components.
Electronic Components Store
When electronics break, usually, it is just one small component that is broken. If for instance, your phone cannot retain charge, you can take it to your local electronic store. They will take a look at it and fix the problem. It could be that your charging system is spoilt or maybe you just need to have the battery repaired.
Before getting rid of your device or getting a new one, have them take a look. As stated, sometimes, it is just one small component that is broken and not the entire device. Even better is that they have all the right parts which they can reuse to fix your device if it needs fixing.
Remember to always format your devices if you plan to drop them off for recycling or if you are donating them. Try and buy fewer electronics and take good care of what you have. Instead of getting an upgrade whenever there is a new model release, use your device until it outlives its usefulness.
By recycling electronic waste, we can significantly decrease the demand for mining hard metals. This will in turn reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing new materials. Therefore, it is very important to recycle electronic waste as it is better for the environment.
Some of the deadly chemicals that make up electronic waste are mercury, lead, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants. Therefore, when you dispose of your devices and gadgets improperly, you increase the chances of these hazardous chemicals, polluting the air, contaminating the soil, and leaching into water bodies. So, do not throw old electronics products or batteries in the trash.