Tips to minimise your e-waste
In a time where electronic upgrades seem infinite and we’re constantly tempted to buy that new kitchen gadget or computer, it is important that we act as conscious consumers and consider the environment before purchasing new products.
Here are some tips to help minimise your e-waste.
- Re-evaluate whether you really need a new electronic item or device.
If you purchase a new product you don’t really need, or only require for a one-off job, there’s a good chance it’s going to sit at the back of a drawer or packed away in the shed once you’re finished. Instead, see if you can borrow or rent one first. For instance, try searching online for ‘tool library near me’ for your next odd job around the house.
- Consider the second-hand market.
The idea of regularly upgrading devices has become all too common in our society. With new models being released regularly, we can feel compelled to purchase the latest version. But it’s worth checking the second-hand market or purchasing an item that is pre-loved or refurbished before buying new.
- Extend the life of your electronics.
Try to get the most of your products. Keep them clean, avoid overcharging batteries and use protective covers on tablets and phones. Ensuring new items are used more than once is also a great way to reduce e-waste.
- Donate or sell working electronics.
One of the best ways to stop our unwanted electrical items from entering the waste stream is to give or sell them to others who will find a use for them. Not only does this extend their life, it could earn you a bit of extra money in the process.
- Consider repairing the item (if it is broken).
If your electronics are no longer working, you can also try repairing them back to their working condition. Search online for a DIY tutorial or take the item to an electrical or computer repair shop. There are a number of community repair cafes located around Victoria that may be able to help. Be sure to check with the product's manufacturer before completing any repairs or part replacements, as this may void the warranty.