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What to do With Your E-Waste

Posted by Raquel Galan on April 22, 2015

What To Do With Your E-Waste

Riptide Software exercises environmental friendly procedures for all our computers, networking hardware, printers, and other devices that are at end of life.   These devices all have one major thing in common: eventually they will either break or become replaced. That fact leaves us with one major question, “What do we do with the old stuff?”

Depending on where you are physically on this planet we all call home, different rules and regulations may apply to you. However, there are some pretty standard guidelines you can follow that may help you make a decision as to what to do with your e-waste.

A Box Full Of E-Waste

Note the quality of the device(s)

What you do with an old device that you are upgrading but otherwise is in good working condition will differ vastly from what you do with a device that has suffered a catastrophic failure. Some places will take a device in any condition, while other locations require that the device meet some level of usefulness for them.

Note the quantity of the device(s)

What you can easily do with one device may not be the same with what you can do with a few, or may be drastically different with what you can do with an entire pallet full of devices. There are drop off locations that can only process smaller amounts of e-waste, while other organizations will actually drive a truck out to your location and pick up an entire pallet of items.

Are there privacy concerns with potential data on any devices?

If you are disposing of an old computer, there is always a chance something was left behind that might be sensitive in nature. Many e-waste companies offer physical destruction services for old hard drives. With some, you may accompany them during the destruction process and actually watch your hard drive de destroyed.

Do you need a receipt, proof of destruction, or information for a tax refund?

Many organizations require documentation as it relates to asset management. A large quantity of e-waste may also be tax deductible in your location. Some locations will provide you with a drop-off receipt and leave it up to you to fill in what was dropped off. It is always best to find out ahead of time what level of documentation you need and what level the location is able to provide.

What are your end goals of disposing of the device?

Are you wanting someone to potentially benefit from the device, are you hoping to recoup some amount of money for the device, or are you simply wanting to be rid of the device? Many companies will make you a cash offer for devices like cell phones or older computers. Some locations will offer a price based on the overall weight of the donation; while other locations cannot offer any form of reimbursement for your e-waste.

A list of some places that accept e-waste/e-cycle drop offs or pick ups

  • Tech Schools
  • GoodWill
  • Surplus Stores
  • Hobbyist Meetups
  • For Profit E-Waste Companies
  • Your Local Waste Management Company

Knowing the potential value of unwanted electronic hardware can greatly assist you in making the right decision about what to do with any devices you no longer need. Donations, disposal or destruction are all viable options depending on your personal needs. Reselling devices can be an option, but one must understand that the business purchasing the device will need to resell it and still make money - so the offering price will usually be lower than you’d like it to be. Riptide strongly encourages you to be responsible with your e-waste recycling.

If you have any questions, or would like advice on what to do with your unwanted devices, feel free to contact us today.


Topics: Managed Services, Raspian, Uncategorized

Written by Raquel Galan

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