Tips to minimise your e-waste
There are many things you can do to minimise your e-waste. Below is a list to help you evaluate what you can do.
Re-evaluate if you really need a new item or device
When you purchase a product you don’t really need, or only need for a one-off job, there’s a good chance it will end up sitting at the back of a draw, packed away in the shed, or become one more thing you eventually want to get rid of.
If you do need an electrical item for a specific job, it is worth seeing first if you can borrow or rent one. Ensuring items are used more than once is a great way to reduce e-waste.
Before upgrading your device consider the second-hand market
The idea of regularly upgrading devices, especially mobile phones, has become common in our society. For a number of reasons, primarily the rate at which new models are released, we often feel compelled to purchase a newer model.
It is worth asking yourself exactly why you need a new device. If you decide you do, before you look at new ones, try looking in the second-hand market, where you can purchase models that are professionally refurbished and come with a warranty.
Extend the life of your devices
Another relatively straightforward way to reduce your e-waste is to get the most out of your current devices. Keep them clean, avoid overcharging battery-run devices, and use protective covers on tablets and phones.
Donate or sell working electronics
One of the best ways of stopping our unwanted electric items entering the waste stream is to give or sell them to people who will find a use for them. Not only will this extend their life, it could earn you a bit of money in the process.