Office Moving: What to Do with E-Waste

Office Moving- What to do with E-Waste

Disposing of office waste is often necessary in business office moves.

Relocating to another office can be exciting and stressful at the same time. It entails lots of processes that can be disruptive to your business operations. As much as possible, you want the transition to be organised and smooth. But with sensible planning, efficient communication, and careful property auditing, it can be done without a hitch.

Whether your office takes the full hands-on approach or hires the best removalists in Newcastle, know that some tasks can only be done by outsourcing the job. One of those is the removal of e-wastes and other commercial junks.

E-Waste Facts and Statistics

E-Waste: Facts and Statistics

E-waste includes any discarded electronics or electrical equipment that uses electric energy to work. When they have served their purpose and are no longer functioning, this equipment requires a particular way of disposal.

E-waste contains dangerous chemicals, such as cadmium and lead, that can leech into the environment. Improper disposal of e-waste can severely harm the environment and cause significant health risks.

E-waste problem continues to worsen, as the world experiences a rapid development in technology. Australia is among the countries with the highest consumers of technology. Every year, Australians buy three million televisions and four million computers. Consequently, the country is also among the biggest contributors to the global e-waste pandemic.

  • 700,000 tonnes of e-waste are produced every year in Australia.
  • More than 40 million televisions and computers ended up in landfills in 2008.
  • 15.7 million computers were discarded in 2008; only less than 10% of it got recycled, while the rest went to the landfill.
  • 44 million units of computers and televisions are projected to reach their “end-of-life” by 2028.
  • 88% of the 7 million computers and televisions bought by Australians annually will eventually reach the landfill.
  • E-waste is accountable for 70% of the toxic substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium found in landfills.
  • The world amasses up to 40 million discarded devices every year.

As you plan on moving to another office, you might want to consider an excellent scheme that can help you manage e-waste, particularly computers. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme can provide you with free service of collecting and recycling the computers that your office no longer uses or need.

Guidelines for Safe and Proper Office E-Waste Disposal

Guidelines for Safe and Proper Office E-Waste Disposal

The NSW government strongly advocates the recycling of e-waste. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) is an industry-funded system of collecting and recycling e-waste. This system facilitates the process of collection and recycling for householders and small business owners.

A fundamental part of office moving is the decluttering and removal of items that are not needed anymore. As e-waste can pose health and environmental hazards if not disposed of responsibly.

Here are some ways you can safely manage and discard your electronic office equipment:

  1. Gather all your office equipment for disposal; group them according to size and kind (monitors, keyboards, printers, cartridges, etc.) to make things organised.
  2. Large electronic equipment like photocopiers and printers can be dropped off at a recycling facility near you. Also, there are recycling companies that offer to come and collect your electronic office equipment for a reasonable fee.
  3. There is a national program designed to take and recycle used printer cartridges. You might consider dropping yours in their facility.
  4. There are also recycling programs that will help take care of your other office electronics. They also give information about e-waste recycling as well as assist you with other recycling options.
  5. You can also take advantage of the local government recycling programs that can help you with your e-waste disposal.
  6. If your equipment is still in decent condition and good working order, and you are planning on upgrading your office equipment, consider donating them. Some schools and charity institutions will readily take them. Passing them on to friends or family who might find them useful, or taking them to second-hand stores, are also good options.
  7. Some electronic companies can take your old equipment for refurbishing purposes. Check with the manufacturing company of your equipment to determine if they accept used ones for refurbishing.
  8. You can store the equipment out of the weather until they are ready for collection.
A Note on Disposing Of Your E-Waste That Stores Data

A Note on Disposing Of Your E-Waste That Stores Data

Some office equipment stores data related to your client details or information about your business. The information can be sensitive or confidential, and you don’t want the data from ending up in the wrong hands. Before taking your office equipment for recycling or giving them away as a donation, it is a good practice to delete all data from your device.

Another important reason for removing all files and data is to avoid a possible breach of security and privacy. Also, electronic media like flash drives and hard drives might be used for unlawful activities.

How to Prevent Future Office E-Waste Problems

How to Prevent Future Office E-Waste Problems

Minimising e-waste production can be equally important as the proper disposal of e-waste. Not only will this practice help prevent further accumulation of e-waste in the country, but it also helps conserve resources used to produce electronic equipment. Here are some tips to minimise your office e-waste:

  • Consider getting a multi-functional device.
  • Help extend your office equipment’s life by using them properly and implementing routine maintenance.
  • Put up an “upcycle” area in your office, where employees can place their old supplies and office electronics. When one of the employees needs a “new” computer mouse, for example, he can check the upcycle station for an available computer mouse before re-ordering a new one.
  • Up your purchasing game! When ordering office equipment, find and opt for companies that offer recycling plans for the products they sell. It is an excellent way to ensure that the products you buy them from will be responsibly handled after the equipment has reached their end-of-life.
  • Buy high-quality office equipment. Cheap ones don’t last, and often are a waste of money; better office electronics last longer, which translates to less e-waste.
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