Our landfills are filling up quickly and, in many cases, the waste occupying them can be recycled. This is especially true of unusable electronic devices, or e-waste, which builds up year by year. People are either unaware that these devices can be recycled, or, in many cases, they may be wary of allowing their devices to fall into the wrong hands. Fortunately, there are options that allow you to recycle your devices without having to worry about data theft.
When choosing to recycle electronic scrap Toronto, you should be aware that almost any product can be recycled. This, of course, includes laptop and desktop computers, as well as equipment typically used to store data or establish network connections. Peripheral devices, which includes monitors and printers, can also be recycled safely. Mobile device users can submit old phones, tablets, and other smaller devices for recycling. In fact, there are few pieces of hardware that cannot be recycled at this point.
How can you feel confident that your data won’t be collected, sold, or misused? When searching for an e-waste recycling company, ask about their certifications. Compliance with the regulations set forth by watchdog groups and government agencies can help ensure your information will be disposed of properly and that you’ll be protected from identity theft. Most companies will have certifications from several different organizations, such as the National Association for Information Destruction and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
When you contact an e-waste recycling company, they will most likely come to your facility or home to pick up the equipment. This means the electronic devices will go directly from your possession into a secure receptacle. You’ll have the opportunity to examine the container and ensure your devices have been safely locked away. From there, they will go directly to the recycling facility.
In addition to taking up landfill space, many electronic devices leak chemicals that can contaminate the environment. By recycling your devices safely, you’ll be eliminating waste and helping the environment. Recycling allows us to reuse parts and elements, so we produce less waste, as well. Submitting your devices to a certified recycling center can help protect our environment, while also ensuring your data is also protected.