How to get rid of e-waste sustainably

Welcome to our October newsletter! When trying to reduce your carbon footprint or live a more eco-conscious life, sometimes it’s easiest to take it one small step at a time, examining one area you can improve upon and then moving on to the next. With each step or choice you make, you are making a difference, even if it feels daunting sometimes.

Recently on the blog we’ve looked at two key areas where you can become more eco-conscious easily, so check out our five tips to green up your beauty routine. And if you’re a keen gardener or even if you have a small courtyard or balcony, you might like our 10 tips on making your garden more eco-friendly.

How to get rid of e-waste sustainably

Did you know that in 2019, the UN estimated that over 22 million tonnes of small e-waste were produced worldwide?
In the spirit of International E-Waste Day on October 14, here are some simple tips to help you dispose of those small electrical devices we no longer use but keep in drawers and cupboards or often toss in the general waste bin.
Old mobile phones: It’s great to have an old phone as a back-up but realistically they get relegated to a junk drawer and forgotten about. Luckily Apple has a GiveBack program so you can trade in your old phone for a new one to help offset the payment, or you can also request a voucher.
Batteries: Check out your local council or recycling centre to dispose of used batteries without harming the environment. Some supermarkets now have recycling centres too where you can drop your batteries off. In Australia, Officeworks has a recycling station where you can get rid of old batteries, e-waste, ink cartridges and pens.
Televisions, monitors and computers: First of all, ask yourself if you really need an upgrade. If you do, offer your old TV or computer to your local Buy Nothing Facebook group, or to a charity if it’s in good condition.
Of course, reducing is better if you can do it – not to mention cheaper. Extend the life of your electronics by buying a case, keeping devices clean and avoiding overcharging your battery. Buy environmentally friendly electronics labelled with an Energy star.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

Thanks for keeping our oceans clean and forests green!
Pure Planet Club Team