Is there a way to ethically keep up with the latest tech launches and maintain a low environmental impact? There are steps you can take to reduce the impact technology has on your environmental footprint. Keeping electronics out of the landfill is an important part.
In a New York Times interview, climate reporter John Schwartz shared some ways to reduce the environmental impact of personal technology. When asked how to be an ethical tech consumer, Schwartz gave some guidelines we should all be following, he said, “But you can minimize your carbon footprint by buying refurbished goods instead of new, holding on to them a bit longer, repairing them instead of replacing them, and resell or recycle so that your old electronic devices are less likely to show up in landfills.”
Recycling technology is an important way to remove harmful landfill waste. In a survey by ecoATM Gazelle, only 25% of Americans recycle electronic devices. This is unacceptable in a world where electronics are 70% of toxic landfill waste.
The International Labour Organization met in April, 2019 to discuss how to deal with e-waste. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and Chair of the Global Dialogue Forum, said of the changes needed, “Faced with what some have called a “tsunami of e-waste”, we cannot afford to be complacent. We must urgently assist the Member States of the ILO and the United Nations in designing and strengthening the systems, policies, incentives and capacities required to manage e-waste in ways that advance decent work, promote the health of those handling e-waste and protect the planet.”
There are multiple way to recycle or help recycle electronics. Buying refurbished or pre-owned goods is another way to contribute to the culture of electronic recycling. Consider purchasing a pre-owned electronic. The EPA has a listing of companies and locations that will recycle electronics, you can use this list for personal or office equipment. A quick internet search of what you want to recycle and where you’re located should help you track down the best place to put your electronics. Voting for systems, governments and programs that promote to e-waste recycling is another way to help, according to Schwartz.
Read more One Green Planet articles about how you can reduce electronics waste and improve your technology footprint:
- 15 Eco-Friendly Products You Should Be Using
- Medals For the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Are Made From Recycled Electronics!
- How to Recycle or Repurpose Your Old Gadgets and Keep Them Out of Landfill
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