The generation now reads books in what seems to be a hard piece of combined metal and plastic device called iPad. The television now evolves to become bigger and slimmer, and even more sensitive. The watch that normally just tells time can now store your schedule and tasks list. Nowadays, you practically cannot go out of your house without a electronic gadget. If only you can possibly wear your mobile like a tattoo, you probably would. That’s perfectly understandable considering how we as a nation have reached the age of information.
There are many uses that electronic devices serve human beings. Exchange of information is most obvious. Communication just gets even more convenient that one needs not wait for a week long just to get a simple “how are you” across the continent. And along with this speedier and more convenient means of communication comes the progress in business, changes in politics, and so on.
The benefits are there, no doubt. The problem lies on how to safely dispose these gadgets, big and small. More so, because technology companies have created a wider selection, releasing models after models, one person may have accumulated a mountain high of these gadgets in one year. Buyers are almost always lured to purchase the latest. But where do all these watches, tablets, and appliances go after being used?
Electronic Waste Disposal
Electronic waste or E-waste includes discarded electronic devices including your computers, car navigators, mobiles, televisions, tablets, appliances, and the list can go on. Because some of these devices contain materials damaging to both health and environment, government plays an active role in raising awareness and in calling out manufacturers to dispose their wastes properly.
Different devices are to be disposed differently. Cathode ray tubes, for example, that are commonly used in televisions or video cameras, have to be broken down before disposal. It contains lead that can seep through the ground and affect potability of water. Meanwhile, the chips and other gold-plated components are to be stripped and burnt using nitric acid hydrochloric acid. The plastics are to be melted at varying temperatures, reformed into pellets again which will in turn be processed to create new plastics. So you see, it’s a very tedious process. One single laptop may require several processes for complete disposal. It’s definitely not an ordinary household task. And you simply cannot just throw cellphone chargers and batteries into your bin.
The council of Adelaide offers free pickup and disposal of electronic wastes. Although they sometimes set requirements such as partial damage of devices and specific number of devices, still the initiative is already a big help. Small-scale businesses can avail of this option, especially if they’re in the process of clearing out their stores and ended up with large junk of E-wastes. All you need is to give them a call and agree on the date. They have also set up specific drop off points in case you’re near the area and you can just conveniently visit the area anytime you’re free. As there are other community-based initiatives put forth, best to ask your local government for further information. Asking is a form of active participation after all, one way to help create a greener Australia. Another alternative if you have a large volume of E-Waste to remove is to use our skip bin hire service.
Besides the government, there’s also the local business community to cater to your electronic waste disposal. There is a number of them in Adelaide. Contact the nearest, most reliable one.
They come in different names- rubbish removal companies, recycling center, E-waste specialists. Best to know the background of the business, first and foremost. One shop may be an expert with green waste but not so much with electronic waste. If they are highly specialized in handling electronic-wastes, then you’ve zeroed in just the right shop.
Widen your research to include the number of clients they have satisfactorily served. If you’re a business owner for example, you should not choose a E Waste recycling center that has only served residences. That’s rather risky, although not that disastrous.
Next to toxic chemicals, perhaps electronic products rank next in terms of difficulty in disposal. It’s a global problem which cannot be put to stop because of economic reasons. It’ll probably stay for as long as we breathe. But as a citizen of this world, you should nevertheless not be fatalistic as to leave the responsibility to the government. As simple as throwing gadgets the right way can save the whole of Adelaide from potential environmental and health threats. Let your action be counted.