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E-Waste Recycling & Repurposing

E-Waste Recycling

e-Waste recycling is the responsible processing of electronic devices such as computers, tablets, hard drives, mobile phones and printers – once they have reached the end of their ‘useful’ life.

It is important to employ a secure disposal solution for redundant and unused equipment, as storage of data-holding electronic items can place your business at risk of a data leak. The Shred-X range of e-Waste and IT asset destruction solutions are designed primarily to protect your confidential information. However, one of the value-added benefits of partnering with Shred-X is the positive impact on the environment through our e-Waste recycling initiatives. Once all data on your assets has been securely and certifiably removed, we work with Australian recyclers to divert e-Waste from landfill.

Our recycling processes are undertaken in the most ethical and environmentally responsible manner, to suit even the most stringent sustainability targets set by your business.

E-waste Repurposing

While e-Waste recycling is a positive disposal method ensuring that precious metals and components are recycled, an alternative sustainable option is to repurpose or reuse IT assets.

Non-data holding electronic items such as a keyboard, mouse or cables, can be reused either within your business, or externally giving them second and third lives. For electronic assets containing data, repurposing of the asset is possible and can be performed after a process called data sanitisation is complete.

 

 

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Benefits of Recycling & Repurposing

Shred-X is committed to landfill diversion wherever and whenever possible, and our e-Waste recycling and repurposing solutions are built for sustainability. We partner with professional, Australian recyclers to recycle e-Waste components and materials into useful commodities and new product parts. Many electronic devices contain trace amounts of precious metals such as lead, copper, aluminium, gold, and titanium. As these elements are becoming increasingly scarce, isolating and removing them from old electronics is a sustainable way to support the construction of new devices.

IT assets which are not responsibly recycled not only pose a risk for the data stored, but can leak dangerous chemicals into the environment with devastating effects on local communities and wildlife.

Our e-Waste repurposing alternatives ensure certifiable destruction of all data stored on devices before re-use for a compliant, sustainable solution to your end of life asset management plan, and which can also be integrated into your business’s corporate social responsibility projects.

e-Waste Recycling Related Solutions

E-Waste Recycling FAQs

How does e-waste affect the environment?

Computers and electronic devices are composed of materials such as mercury, nickel, lead and zinc which, if improperly disposed of (in landfill) release toxins into the air, into the soil, and local waterways. This has serious health effects (including neurological, digestive and respiratory problems) on local communities and wildlife.

Where can I safely dispose of e-Waste?

To find your local Shred-X e-Waste destruction and recycling facility, contact us online or phone 1300 747 339 to discuss your e-Waste disposal needs.

How do I recycle e-Waste?

Electronic assets and IT devices disposed in a general or kerbside recycling containers, will not be recycled and most likely end up in landfill. e-Waste recycling centres are gradually becoming more prevalent throughout Australia. However, it is important to note that not all e-Waste recyclers offer a secure destruction service, that is; 100% removal of all personal identifiable information contained on the device before the asset is recycled. Be sure to check with your recycling service provider whether secure removal of confidential data is a service they guarantee. If data stored on your old device is found, your business will be at risk of breaching data privacy laws. The fastest, safest and easiest solution to recycling e-Waste is to employ a fully accredited service, such as Shred-X. With our NAID AAA Certification you will not only be ‘doing your bit’ for the environment, but we will ensure all data stored on your electronic devices will be securely destroyed. Find out more about Shred-X’s e-Waste recycling services.

What can e-waste be recycled into?

Shred-X partner with professional e-Waste recyclers which recycle e-Waste components and materials into useful commodities and new product parts.  For example, many electronic devices contain trace amounts of precious metals such as lead, copper, aluminium, gold, and titanium. As these elements are becoming increasingly scarce, isolating and removing them from old electronics is a sustainable way to support the construction of new devices. Even the plastic and glass in IT devices can be reused in this way.

Read more about what devices can be repurposed.

What percentage of e-Waste can be recycled?

Almost 100% of electronic devices can be recycled if done so through the correct channels. Nearly every electronic device or appliance your business uses contains materials that can be recycled into new product components.

The more concerning percentage is how little e-Waste actually gets recycled. The UN estimates that only 12.5% of the 20-50 million tonnes of electronic waste worldwide is recycled, with the rest ending up in landfill or cluttering up our homes and offices.

How do I securely dispose of e-Waste?

When you upgrade your technology and are ready to securely and ethically dispose of your e-Waste, call your local Shred-X facility on 1300 747 339. We can arrange onsite or facility-based destruction, followed by recycling of your assets to meet both legal and environmental sustainability requirements. Get in touch with a friendly member of our team online

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