Blogtober Technology

What you need to know about International E-Waste Day

Blogtober day 14: International E-Waste Day is upon us. Here’s what you can do to help.

October 14, 2019 is the second celebration of International E-Waste Day. I didn’t know about this day until I started to read about it on Tech Buzz Ireland. The more I read about what e-waste is (computers, smartphones, TVs, etc.) the more I realized what an important issue this is.

I can’t tell you how many old smartphones, tablets, and laptops I have laying around. Tech quickly slows down, stops upgrading, and becomes obsolete. Plus, with new smartphone contracts every two years, that adds up to a lot of phones! Add virtual reality headsets and all the gear that comes with it, that adds up to a lot of electronics.

I’m encouraged to hear organizations like the WEEE Forum are leading the way in sustainable options for discarding our unwanted tech.

What can you do to help reduce e-waste?

Use your products for as long as possible. This is the single most effective thing you can do to minimize e-waste and the negative effects on our planet.

Choose products that are designed to enable a more circular model and can live multiple lives by being repaired, upgraded and refurbished.

Consider if someone else might find the product useful when you no longer use it. Sell it ​​or donate to charity.

Make sure the product is recycled in a safe and responsible way at the end of its usable life.


What do you do with your outdated electronics? Do you try to dispose of them using sustainable methods? Let me know in the comments below!

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