• Jonathan Shiek

Here are 5 Reasons Why Recycling Your Electronics is Super Beneficial

Do you remember what became of your first smartphone or your first laptop? Do you still have them with you or have they been discarded? Chances are the latter right? Rightfully so as you no longer have any use for it, or you may have upgraded to a better device by now. But if I told you that the disposal of all your old electronic devices directly harms the environment and even yourself in the long run, how would you feel?

We all rely on our devices to run our daily lives but when you decide to trade up for a better device, rather than simply discarding your old ones, try e-waste recycling.

E-waste recycling is the process of recycling old electronic gadgets and appliances and turning them into new devices. Here are five brilliant reasons as to why you should do it.

1. Conserve landfill space

The effects of land development in Malaysia has reached a dangerous point where we may not be able to sustain any more development. As such, we will need to conserve our precious land before we are forced to demolish our beloved forests for the extra space.

Therefore, it is imperative that we also conserve our landfill space as well. In a study conducted by the Department of Environment Malaysia, they found that the quantity of e-waste generated by households, businesses and institutions reached 53 million in 2020 which is 3.5 times higher than in 1995 which is a staggering amount of waste when considering that this statistic factors in e-waste ALONE.

By recycling our unused gadgets, it is very likely that we can reduce this number significantly.

2. Protect the environment and wildlife

Most electronic gadgets and devices are constructed using toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium. These chemicals when disposed incorrectly can actually endanger our environment and wildlife.

Improper disposal of your devices can also lead to your own demise. What if some of these chemicals find their way into your water supply? Or what if these chemicals are released into the air via open burning? Just a little something to think about before you decide to throw away your old phone.

Recycling just one monitor can apparently prevent up to 4kg of lead and other chemicals from being released into the environment.

3. Preserve natural resources

Surprisingly, many of our devices we use on a daily basis has small traces of gold and silver in them. By recycling these devices, we can actually conserve the earths precious natural resources for the future.

4. Give back to the community

Credits: Free Malaysia Today

You can always opt to recycle your old and unused devices by donating them to charities or other local organisations. Naturally if you are concerned about giving away your old device which has your personal information on it, you can always conduct a factory reset prior to giving it away.

These charities will then collect all the donated devices and give it to schools or those who lack access to technology. So not only are you saving the environment by donating your old devices away, you area also indirectly helping society.

5. Save money

If you are in the market for a new phone, don’t throw your old one away just yet. You can also save some moola by opting for a trade-in instead. Many smartphone companies offer this trade-in service such as Huawei, Samsung, and Apple.

In turn, these companies will then recycle your old products ethically. So not only are you getting a bargain on a new phone, you are also helping Mother Nature!


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