Waste Electronic and computer equipment, particularly, is a quickly extending stream of Canada's waste. Low cost permit consumers to replace gadgets frequently, and fast, innovative change implies there are always newer, better, all the more effective items available in the market. The outcome is a prospering computer mountain. Up to 20 million obsolete computers are disposed of every year in the USA alone.
Discarded computer equipment involves monitors, printers, hard drives and circuit boards. Such things for no reason be tossed out with your family unit garbage since they contain dangerous substances, and are adequately unsafe waste. E-waste frequently ends up in the developing world, and the UN's Environment Program is frightened by the measure of electronic goods which is improperly discarded abroad. There is increasing concern about the pollution caused by risky chemicals and heavy metals in Africa, Asia and South America.
A single computer contains almost 23% plastic, 32% ferrous metals, 18% non-ferrous metals, 12% electronic boards and 15% glass. On an average it contains about 2kg of lead and complex mixture of materials which make it very difficult to recycle.
Apart from the obvious and topical worries in relation to the protection of the environment, there is increasing awareness of data protection and a considerable lot of the general population, who was surveyed, didn't seem to think about the records still on their PC when it's dumped. Almost 1 in 7 people in the survey said that they had just dumped their computer on the tip. This poses a potential security threat to individuals as hard drives that are not properly erased before disposal can be re-opened and can expose sensitive information.
Computer waste can be disposed off by returning the product to the manufacturer, contacting the professional waste disposal agencies like Electronics Recycling Montreal or donating it to some non-profit organization.
We advise all those who can access our electronic waste recycling centers to drop off their electronic items free of charge. We can also pick up your electronic waste if you have ten items or more!