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Electronic Waste

What is Electronic Waste?

E-waste or electronic waste are mainly products which have circuitry and micro components made from metal, plastic and valuable elements. Every year we spend living on this Earth, you can expect a whopping 50 million metric tons of electronic waste to be disposed at landfills.

A large part of that rubbish heap is classified as Electronic waste, and many of these thrown out electronic devices are not exactly useless, some are still functional and if further broken down can be harvested for parts and precious metals. A bulk of it can be resold, repurpose, and the rest can be recycled into different useful things.

Everyone’s Role

Everyone has played a role in the increase consumption of electronic waste. Often users can’t resist buying the latest device models, often chucking out mobile phones, gadgets or gaming devices that are barely a year old. Think about it, these devices are produced in mass quantities for a global market. Everyone on Earth has a phone or two. So imagine, the huge demand for mining heavy metals, this is mainly for batteries and the procurement of hazardous elements used in the building of micro components for mobile phones. As a result, all these processes in creating these electronics have had major adverse effects to our environment.

Now it has become commonplace to dispose of household appliances rather than repair these devices. There was a time when families had the same TV for more than 10 years, but due to the advancement of technology and consumer demand, the convenience of buying a new model simply outweighs the cost of repairs, creating this consistent throwaway culture we now live in.

So what exactly is Electronic waste? Can you get a Skip Bin Hire to deal with its disposal? First, let’s get down to the details, so you know what types of electronic waste you can put into your skip bin, with this helpful guide:

Types of Electronic Waste

Computer equipment

  • These include laptops, desktops, tablets, small scale servers and e-readers.
  • Computer peripherals (electronic mouse, electronic keyboards, wiring and cables)
  • Computer monitors and screens

Office electronics

  • Old office equipment. Facsimile machines, electric typewriters, calculators, document shredders, resealers, scanners, and printers.
  • Business equipment. Automatic dispensers for hot drinks, refrigerated bottles or cans and food.

Small electronic equipment

  • Mobile phones and gadgets
  • VCRs, video recorders, DVD and music players
  • Toys and video game consoles (game gear, game pads and handheld devices)

General Household Appliances

  • Televisions and Cathode ray tubes. Large screen TVs.
  • Stereos, speakers, amplifiers and electronic musical instruments
  • Cooking Appliances. toasters, fryers, juicers, blenders, slow cookers and electric knives.
  • Hygiene tools. Hair dryer, electric toothbrushes, electric shavers, face and body massagers

Large Household Appliances

  • Refrigeration equipment. Refrigerators, freezers, chiller, icemaker, coolers.
  • Washing and drying equipment. Washing machine, steamer, spin dryer and tub dryer
  • Heating and cooling appliances. Air conditioner. Heaters, electric radiators and thermal regulators. Water heater, humidifiers and electric fans.

Lighting

House lamps, broken lamps, sodium vapor lights, halide lights, fluorescent tubes, fluorescent light ballasts, compact fluorescent lights (CFL), light emitting diodes (LED) and HID lamps.

Medical equipment

  • Operating electrical equipment. Anaesthesia machines, suctions, oxygen regulator, vital signs monitor
  • Radiotherapy equipment. Diagnostic Ultrasound with probes, medical imaging machines, scanners, portable x-rays and dental x-ray machines
  • Cardiology equipment. CG Machine, Bedside Monitor, Stress Test System, Bio Monitor, Defibrilator, Oxygen Concentrator, I.V Pump, Blood pressure monitor.
  • Plumonary and aspiration equipment. Nebulizer Ventilator suctions, pumps,Laboratory equipment. Distilation Apparatus, analyzer, sterilizer, centrifuge, incubator, counters and readers
  • Dialysis equipment and Nuclear medicine equipment

Monitoring and Control Instruments

Smoke detectors, heat regulators, time-release dispensers, thermostats, digital weighing scale, self-adjusting appliances, laboratory and industrial equipment sensors

Batteries

Lead, Nickel, Cadmium, Alkaline and Zinc Carbon batteries

Simple Ways to Minimize Electronic Wastes

We can do our share in curbing the further rise of electronic wastes. Here’s a list of things to keep in mind when dealing with our old electronics:

Repair devices when possible.

Give your old electronic device a chance, hire a trusted repairman, and give your appliance a second life.

Organize the electronics that you have.

With every new model we buy each year, you might have forgotten where you’ve stashed the old one. Organize the existing ones and do a tally which ones to keep for actual use or to donate. Also some people wouldn’t mind having an old extra cellphone.

Resell or donate old devices.

There are resellers that broker parts between buyers and sellers, and further into the chain, these resellers sell these used electronics in bulk. Bulk buyers then either donate or sell electronics to other countries, businesses or to non-profit organizations. As these bulk resellers are also into material recovery and processing, electronic devices do have small amounts of valuable materials in them, and if you disassemble micro chips and plates, you can yield elements such as gold, copper, titanium, and platinum. Also fun fact here, 1 ton of electronic waste contains at least 200 grams of gold. So who says there’s nothing valuable in electronic waste?

Recycle.

Don’t make a habit of creating a pile of unused or obsolete electronics. But sure it’s easy to store them in the basement or in the garage, but once these electronics start to corrode from damage, they might start leaking toxic substances into your household. So make sure you recycle regularly or get a skip bin hire to deal with your electronic waste and its proper disposal. For starters, try 1300 Skip Bins

Use a manufacturer’s takeback program.

Some electronic brands, retailers and stores have eco-friendly programs with which they have used or broken electronics previously bought from their store collected and taken directly to a waste management facility. When you buy a product from an electronic shop, ask if they have a takeback program and how you can sign up for it in the future. So if a retailer won’t take it back, opt for a cheap skip hire.

Go for Energy-Rated Devices.

Some countries have appliances rated through an Energy Star Program with stickers touting their low per hour consumption charges. This means the appliance is not just eco-friendly, but energy efficient, saving you money in the long run.

Keep your Data Online.

You don’t need lots of storage devices unlike before and as a reminder, always erase your personal information before recycling your memory sticks and data storage devices. Remember, the cloud is our new bestfriend when it comes to saving data. And now with popular options such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Flickr you can now easily store large data on the Internet. Plus you’ll feel much better knowing your family photos or videos have back-ups online.

By being mindful of these steps, we can help divert and manage thousand of pounds of electronic waste from ending up in our landfills. The important thing to remember is that all kinds of electronic waste can be recycled. Thus to prevent any harm to the environment, those electronic wastes that contain toxic and hazardous materials can be disposed of properly by a skip bin hire.

Choosing a Skip Bin Hire

Skip hire prices vary per area, but the real deal here is in finding a cheap skip hire which really does a good job cleaning up. Whatever your clean-up plans are, a good skip bin hire can find the right size skip bin to suit your rubbish removal needs.

Find out how easy it is to book a skip bin hire.

With 1300 Skip Bins, we can easily provide you with a customized collection solution particularly if you have hazardous electronic wastes to deal with. So to get an estimate of your skip hire cost, call us for an initial consultation and we’ll make a quick assessment of your electronic waste load.

So just what type of skip bins are used to haul electronic wastes? For bulk electronic waste, such as computers, monitors and large appliances, we recommend a traditional skip bin.

For a general mix of electronic waste, such as small appliances and devices, you can opt for the mobile skip bin especially if your property has a narrow entry point. A mobile skip bin is easy to load up, in fact if you have the time, you can do this all on your own (or employ our skip hire services), plus you don’t need a parking permit for a mobile skip bin which can cost up to $80.00 dollars.

Meet your Match!

At 1300 Skip Bins, we take pride in our range of cost-effective skips and skip bin hire services, we can guarantee your clean-up day is stress-free! As a cheap skip bin hire alternative, we are capable of handling small-scale and large volume electronic rubbish removal at your convenience.

We’ll work with you every step of the way – for any queries – please give us a call, and book one of our skips today!