In this digital age, nearly everyone works from home or uses IT equipment at the office. Many people working from home prefer to use their personal devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones and computers. Using personal devices for work means keeping them updated and may also mean upgrading every year or two. Electronics may start to pile up, and if not properly disposed could harm the environment. For this reason, it’s important to take care of your electronics and manage the e-waste you create at home as well as at the office.
Electronic waste makes up 70 percent of the world’s toxic waste and has the potential to contaminate the environment when it is sent to landfills. IT asset disposition facilities like HOBI collect retired IT hardware and ensure that it is properly disposed Luckily, there are a few things that can be done at home and at the office in order to help prevent your electronics from contributing to the e-waste crisis:
- First and foremost, take care of your electronics. Making sure they are well taken care of is key to longevity. Keep temperature in mind when storing. For example, avoid leaving them in hot cars or near windows during the summer, and make sure they are well insulated during the winter. Keeping your devices updated will also help prevent any malfunctions.
- Consider limiting the number of devices you use. The less devices you purchase, the less e-waste is created. It’s tempting to have every new gadget that comes along, and one for every occasion, but consider how many you actually use on a daily basis. In the long run, cutting back on electronics will help reduce the demand for more to be manufactured and help reduce how much e-waste is generated every year.
- Because a large portion of the population works from home now, it’s understandable that cutting back on electronics isn’t possible for everyone. However, reusing devices, passing them down, or purchasing used devices is another way to help reduce e-waste. Rather than upgrading every time something new comes out, use your electronics as long as they still have use. Or, if work requires you to upgrade, pass the devices down to a family member or someone in need. Purchasing used devices can also be a cost-effective solution to purchasing new devices each year. As long as there is use left in a device, it has value.
E-waste is an ever-growing issue that many people can help simply by managing their own e-waste. Whether at home or in the office, managing e-waste doesn’t have to be stressful or confusing. ITAD facilities like HOBI partner with companies and help properly dispose of their retired IT assets, while also keeping their data safe. Many areas also have electronics recycling stations that are sent to recycling facilities as well. Managing e-waste is possible, one step at a time.
For more information about our ITAD services call 817-814-2620, or contact HOBI at firstname.lastname@example.org.