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How to Recycle E-Waste

How frequently do you find yourself upgrading to the latest and greatest cell phone, laptop, or TV? Electronics have become a standard in this generation and we don’t think twice about buying brand-new technology, even if our older versions are acceptable.

Across the globe, 45 million tons of electronics were tossed out in 2016 alone.

Fortunately, many E-waste (electronic products) can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. However, Only 12.5% of electronic waste is disposed of and recycled properly. When we fail to dispose of the electronics properly, the toxic materials within the gadgets have a huge risk of infecting the soil and polluting the air we breathe. Although, if we cut our E-waste down by not jumping onto the next big gadget, we can save our wallet and the environment! If you want to make sure your E-waste is getting disposed of correctly, here are three ways it will get done safely.

1. Donate your electronics
Reusing will always be better than recycling! Functioning or refurbished electronics can be donated or sold to someone who can still use it. There are plenty of organizations that will take old electronics and use them for the better good. For example, BC Tech for Learning Society collects donated computers and hires the youth to refurbish them. The computers are then distributed to schools and libraries. Since 1994, more than 170,000 computers have been donated!

2. Find a recycling center
Recycle BC  is accountable for packaging and paper product recycling throughout British Columbia. They have a network of depots across BC where residents can drop off packaging and paper free of charge. Most depots recycle everything.

3. Retail
London Drugs is known for its unique recycling programme. They offer a convenient place to drop off recycling items and offer this at every one of their stores. Note that the items must be at the end of their life. London Drugs is BC government approved making it one of the best places in British Columbia to drop off your electronics!  

Remember that recycling one million laptops saves energy equivalent to the electricity used in 3,657 homes a year. It is our responsibility to recycle wisely and consume less. Be a part of the environmental solution and help recycle your E-waste with our three tips!